Highways England unveils plans to upgrade M25 motorway

WCN Editorial Team 4 Dec 2017 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Highways England has announced plans for a £175m upgrade to the M25 motorway junction near Wisley in Surrey, UK.

Under the plans, four link roads will be created between the M25 and the A3 for drivers making left turns at the junction and drivers turning right will use a new enlarged junction roundabout.

The existing roundabout will be retained for walkers, cyclists and horse riders as per the plans.

The A3 will be widened to four lanes between Ockham and Junction 10, and Painshill and Junction 10, in both directions, with two lanes remaining over the M25.

The upgrades will increase capacity at the junction and also save up to seven minutes in journeys made at the junction during the peak hours.

Improved routes for pedestrians and cyclists, green bridge linking Wisley and Ockham Commons, and better access to RHS Garden Wisley via a new bridge and link road to the east of the A3 are also planned.

The M25/A3 interchange is a key congestion point on the strategic road network and it has one of the highest recorded collision rates across the Highways England network.

The plans are aimed at reducing delays, making journeys more reliable, easing congestion and improving safety.

Two options were put to the public for views between December 2016 and February 2017, and Highways England made the latest announcement after considering feedback received during the consultation and ongoing discussions with key stakeholders and residents.

Highways England regional delivery director for the South East Chris Welby-Everard said: “The plans we are putting forward today will make a real difference to all those journeys while respecting the protected environments nearby. I would like to thank everyone who took part in our consultation and helped shape these proposals.

“We will continue to work with stakeholders and residents in working up the details of our design and there will be a further opportunity for people to have their say in another consultation next year.”

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