M271

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Route of the M271

The M271, a spur from the M27 towards Southampton's docks, is a troubled little motorway. It doesn't ask for much, shifting traffic around the west of Southampton, connecting the motorway to the western suburbs and the A33. It isn't a big job, and yet somehow the M271 gets it all wrong.

Its number is dubious, for a start. There are rules about how motorways should be numbered. The M271 lies entirely west of the M3, so really its number ought to begin with a 3, but it doesn't. That might make the more pedantic road enthusiast squirm, but it's not a big problem.

No, if we're looking for big problems, we need to attend to its interchange with the M27. It's a roundabout with peak time traffic signals, through which all M271 traffic must pass. That makes it — along with the A627(M) — one of the few places you'll find a set of traffic lights on the mainline of a motorway.

In fact, there's very little about the M271's design that would suggest that it is a motorway, if the roadsigns along its route didn't declare that it was one. There's only one junction on its route that doesn't require M271 traffic to stop. The one full junction worthy of a motorway connects only to a local road and an industrial estate.

But it could be worse. You can complain about the M271 not flying the flag for high standards of design and construction, or you can do without it and have heavy lorry traffic bound for the docks piling up through Southampton's suburbs. So, unimpressive as it is, it might not be so bad after all.

Factfile

Start Upton (A3057)
Finish Totton (A35)
Passes None
Length 3 miles
Connects to M27

Images

Views of the M271 from on and off the road. If you have a photo to contribute, contact me.

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Northbound, approaching the midway roundabout. To our left, the M27. To our right, the M27. Ahead of us, separated from the rest of the route by a roundabout, the rest of the motorway. Note also the awful road surface.
Photo by Steven Jukes

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Southbound at the only junction at motorway standard - look, flyovers! Note the apalling surface here, and the warnings appearing already for queues at the terminal roundabout.
Photo by Steven Jukes

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Heading towards the end, we appear to be about to hit a block of flats. That about sums up the quality of this route! Though at least from here we have three lanes.
Photo by Steven Jukes

Construction Timeline

When the various parts of the M271 were built, listed in chronological order.

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1978 Entire motorway

Exit List

All the junctions and destinations along the route.

Junction   Northbound               Southbound
11.8 km Romsey
A3057
Rownhams
Nursling
A3057




A3057
NORTH
Romsey Road Roundabout (Roundabout)




A3057
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1 mile, 2 lanes Up   Down 1 mile, 2 lanes
(M27 J3)
10.6 km
Salisbury (A36)
Bournemouth (A31)
M27 Link
Eastleigh
Winchester
(M3 Link)
M27 Link
M27
(A31)
(A36)
(Roundabout Interchange) M27
(M3)
Eastleigh
Winchester
(M3 Link)
M27 Link
Salisbury (A36)
Bournemouth (A31)
M27 Link
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1 mile, 2 lanes Up   Down 1 mile, 2 lanes
12 km Lordshill
Industrial Estate
(A3057)
(Roundabout Interchange)(Roundabout Interchange) (A3057) Lordshill
Industrial Estate
(A3057)
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1 mile, 3 lanes Up   Down 1 mile, 3 lanes
13.2 km N/A A35





Redbridge Rounabout (Roundabout Interchange)
SOUTH
A35
(A33)





Southampton & Vehicle Ferry
Millbrook
A35 (A33)
Totton
Lyndhurst
A35
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