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Bomb scare sparks weekend travel chaos as M3 is shut

  • Junction nine to 11 remain closed after a ‘serious police incident’ 
  • The incident was described by a police officer as a ‘bomb scare’, according to a motorist caught up in the traffic
  • Thousands of Manchester United fans to travel to Southampton for 3pm kickoff
  • Are you stuck in traffic along the M3? Email [email protected] or call 0203 615 1524

Charlie Bayliss For Mailonline


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The M3 motorway remains completely closed after fears of a bomb scare.

Both directions of the motorway in Hampshire were closed at 4am this morning after police were called to the scene, causing major traffic delays to thousands of travellers.

It comes after a wave of bomb scares across the country in the wake of the Parsons Green tube attack, where at least 30 people were injured.

There has been a spate of bomb scares in the wake of the Parsons Green attack, including near Moorgate and Liverpool Street station, Leeds city centre, and a residential road in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Just days ago, the M1 was closed for nine hours in both direction after a suspicious package was found near a motorway bridge near Milton Keynes. 

Junctions nine and 11, near Winchester, on the M3 remain closed as cars continue to queue past junction 12, near Eastleigh.   

Fire crews and ambulance hazardous response team also attended the scene, while Hampshire Police refused to elaborate on what the incident was, only calling it a ‘serious police incident’.  

The bomb scare means that the motorway is closed both ways between junction 9 and 11 at Winchester

The incident was described by a police officer as a ‘bomb scare’, according to a motorist caught up in the traffic.

A bomb squad used a robot to investigate the item which was found to contain no explosives. 

The closures will cause major traffic delays for thousands of Manchester United fans heading down to Southampton for the 3pm kickoff at St Mary’s stadium. 

People on social media have complained about the lack of information being given out about the road closures, with some reporting to have been stuck in traffic for hours.  

Photos posted on social media show the huge tailbacks drivers are being forced to endure

Country roads near Winchester are filing up with motorists caught in the traffic chaos