Travellers using the M4 at junction 10 near Reading may have suffered from congestion in recent years, but a new project aims to streamline this section of the transport network to deliver significant benefits to the region as a whole.
Highways Agency engineers are this weekend beginning work on junction improvements that will see the widening of both entry and exit slip roads for the motorway, as well as easing traffic flows from the M4 onto the A329(M).
Project sponsor Ed French said: "The additional capacity this scheme will bring will allow the junction to work more efficiently to reduce congestion and improve journey times.
"We have planned the work carefully to minimise disruption and will carry out as much of the work as possible overnight, when traffic flows are at their lowest. I advise anyone wishing to use the junction to plan their journeys and to allow extra time."
The project is scheduled for completion by the end of June this year and forms part of the government's ongoing £317 million Pinch Point Programme, which has been created to tackle problem areas for the nation's transport network – routes where a lack of free-flowing traffic could be having an adverse economic impact.
Delivering streamlined traffic flows for this section of the M4 will cost approximately £5 million, but the long-term economic benefits for the area and for the nation as a whole are forecast to far exceed this initial outlay.
Indeed, the government has now begun an ambitious programme of transport network improvements for the whole of England, with the level of investment in schemes such as this not witnessed since the 1970s.
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