A36(M) Ower Spur

Where is it?

Sort of west of Southampton, Hampshire.

Can you show me that on a map?


Where is it?

It's that tiny dual carriageway north of M27 J2.

What makes this a pathetic motorway?

For a start, it's absolutely tiny. A whole half a mile (0.9km) long.

That's pretty tiny.

It certainly is.

And there's just one other thing...


It's very existence is purely anecdotal.


I have never seen a map, or a document with the A36(M) number on it.

Why on earth is it here then?

There are some members of SABRE who swear blind it existed. In any case, it was once a motorway, now it's not, so its place here is deserved.

Mind you, if anyone can actually come up with definitive evidence one way or the other, I'd appreciate it.

Can I see some photographs of this then??

Of course!

And some maps?

Seeing as you asked so nicely...

Can I comment on this motorway?

Of course! Contact me and I'll put them here!

Have any other visitors commented?

Comments prior to September 2007 can be found in the relevant archive.

A Lorkers remembers the A36(M) [September 07]:

I well remember the day the A36(M) opened - and then it was labeled as such, on only one sign I saw, but there may have been others.

The M27 Cadnam-Ower (J1-J2) opened before J2-J4, and my dad took me down this bit, and then up the A36(M) before returning via the then-dualed A31 (now the A3090). At the time he commented on a contractors sign for the A36(M), pointing AT the works unit for the construction site (later used for the road gritters), which we all assumed would be the A36(M) heading towards Fawley. Of course that was later built as the A326.

On the A3090 there are still a couple of pretty old signs, all pointing now towards the A36, but with a sticker over them - that's much larger than A36. I can't see what's under them though.


Ower Spur




0.5 miles

0.9 km





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