UK smart motorway to go ahead

Vania Goncalves 6 Sep 2016 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The UK’s Department of Transport has given development consent to the construction of a smart motorway between Hayes, London, and Theale, Berkshire.


The £800M scheme — designed by a CH2M and Arcadis joint venture and to be delivered by a Balfour Beatty and Vinci joint venture — will upgrade a 51.5km section of the M4 between junctions 3 and 12.

The project will include the replacement of 11 over-bridges and the widening of five underbridges. It will also include a four-lane carriageway between junctions 3 and 4 and junctions 5 and 12, a five-lane carriageway between junctions 4 and 4b, 32 emergency refuge areas (ERAs), as well as the accommodation of slip roads where there is no existing hard shoulder.

The development is part of the £1.5bn government investment to build ten smart motorways in England until 2021.

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