Your chance to have a say on M4 changes at exhibitions
May 14, 2008
Drivers and borough residents wanting to find out more about a £65 million scheme to improve an M4 junction can attend two public exhibitions.
Work on the bottleneck and Mereoak improvement scheme at junction 11 began last month and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2010.
When complete, the junction will incorporate extra capacity, new facilities for public transport, pedestrians and cycles, and is designed to be safer.
Wokingham Borough Council, Reading Borough Council and contractors Laing O’Rouke have decided to run two exhibitions, with the first in the Pioneer Room at the Holiday Inn South in Basingstoke Road, Reading, on Friday at 2pm and 8pm.
Tony Street, specialist project manager and Wokingham Borough Council’s lead engineer on the project, said: “This is a huge improvement plan that has been planned for a number of years and represents a key
component of our transport strategy, which will eventually lead to a range of traffic-related benefits for everyone using the junction.
“Due to its large scale and complexity there are bound to be many questions and concerns that residents, commuters and the local community has – which is why we are holding these two initial exhibitions.”
Government funding for these improvements, which includes constructing a new four-lane junction with two strategic road bridges around the existing motorway, was confirmed back in March.
The project will also see landscaping installed to complement the scheme and the existing junction will remain open throughout the works in an effort to minimise disruption.
The second exhibition will be at the Three Mile Cross Church Centre in Basingstoke Road on Saturday, June 7, from 9am to 2pm.