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Popham Interchange
 
 
M3 J8 split.jpg
The diverge at M3 J8.
M3 J8.jpg
M3 J8 southbound.
M3 J8 spur end.jpg
Approaching the end of the lengthy sliproad off the M3 at J8.
A30-A33 split.jpg
The A33/A30 split near Popham.
Approaching junction 7 - M3 - Geograph - 1282773.jpg
Approaching junction 7 - M3
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M3-A303

Where the A303 and West Country traffic join us.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Feb 03, 2008 by SteveA30
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Multiplex

Approaching the parting of the ways. Note the long right turn lane, provided in a 1960's improvement.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 05, 2007 by SteveA30
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A30-A33

The long right turn lane was an attempt to ease congestion, as queues for turning traffic were a major problem here.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 05, 2007 by SteveA30
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Goodbye

This is the point where you felt you really were on the road to the west, having parted from the Southampton traffic. The sign reflects the original set up, whereby the A303 didn't start at the M3 but, further down at Micheldever rbt.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 05, 2007 by SteveA30
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Queue here

The view for queuing drivers as they inched forward to join the mad throng of A33 traffic in pre M3 days.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 18, 2007 by SteveA30
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A30-A33

Halt, Major Road Ahead

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jun 05, 2007 by SteveA30
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A33 and M3
On foot this area is a confusing muddle of junctions and bridges, with a severed footpath. I am standing on the A33, looking north-east towards Basingstoke. The car is heading south-west towards Winchester. Underneath is the westbound spur of the M3 that links to the A30 for the West Country. Is is still motorway at this point and has dived under the M3. The next bridge carries both carriageways of the M3 itself, right towards Winchester and Southampton, left towards Basingstoke and London.
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A33 and M3
On foot this area is a confusing set of junctions and bridges. I am standing on the A33 looking north-east towards Basingstoke; the car is heading south-west towards Winchester on the old road. At the bottom of the hill is the junction with the A30 to/from the west country. Underneath us is the eastbound only link road from the A30 to the M3. It is already technically motorway at this point and the signs for merging with the M3 can be seen in the distance.
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Modern east end of A303

Westbound spur off the M3, on to A303. Technically, this is blue on maps so, I guess it starts where the A30 slips join.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 18, 2007 by SteveA30
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Modern east end of A303

Looking east just before merging with M3.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 18, 2007 by SteveA30
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A303 under A33 bridge

Looking west along w/bnd c/way of spur to A303. A30 joins in far distance. Police test latest spy technology, in what is known in the trade as a balloon.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Jul 18, 2007 by SteveA30
M3 J8.png
Junction 8 of the M3,

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New Popham Fork opening.jpg
An aerial view of two Popham Forks. At the top is the historic A30/A33 split, recently re-aligned to cross the new sliproads, while below is the (at the time) brand new motorway.

 

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