Concerns over M4 Smart Motorway construction


Grace Witherden

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Concerns have been raised by Bray Parish Council over the noise and disruption that will be caused by the construction of the M4 Smart Motorway.

A planning application has been submitted to the Royal Borough for a compound with new access off Ascot Road which will be used as the main construction compound for the motorway scheme.

This will see 32 miles of the M4 between Junction 3 (Hayes) and Junction 12 (Theale) converted into a ‘smart motorway’ which includes turning the hard shoulder into an additional lane and the installation of new technology on the motorway which will help keep traffic flowing and tackle congestion.

The compound will be built on land between the M4 and the A308 (N) and will include a main office and several small construction compounds which will accept the delivery of materials, as well as including space for the accommodation of 250 staff.

Temporary permission is requested for up to six years and three months, while the smart motorway is built.

Cllr Ken Elvin, (Ind, Bray) chairman of Bray Parish Council, is concerned about the impact this will have in the surrounding villages.

He said: “There will be a lot of disruption during the construction and the work will cause additional noise for nearby residents.

“There’s a lot of work going on in Maidenhead town centre and there are houses being built in Bracknell.

“We’re worried during the build that people will drive through the villages due to disruptions on the motorway.

“There needs to be measures in place with the Highways Agency and RBWM beforehand.”

The application was called in by Cllr David Coppinger (Con, Holyport).

Cllr Philip Bicknell (Con, Park), Royal Borough cabinet member for highways, said: “Obviously we want to be

minimising disruption for residents as much as

possible, bearing in mind that the motorway needs to be expanded.

“Cllr Coppinger was right to call in this application so it can be discussed in the open.

“We can look at conditions which will limit when the work will be able to take place.”

A decision is expected to be made by Tuesday, October 4.

Visit to view the application in full.


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  • Pursuer

    15:03, 15 July 2016

    Fight this nonsense- Yet another wasteful project. WRITE TO THERESA MAY.. tHE m3 SMART motorway work was started in August 2014 . It is still not finished. I go to the area around Camberley,,Lightwater etc from time to time. Since the work started the A322 from Bracknell is and endless crawl towards the M3 at Lightwater. When deemed necessary traffic is diverted onto the A30 through Bagshot & Camberley. Almost constantly there is a long queue of slow moving traffic through Bagshot. Local residents say that they never see anyone working on the M3,all that is visible is an encampment of vehicles and huts- occasionally men in ' hi vis' suits are seen strolling around the area.The 50MPH rule applies for miles protecting Notice SLOW 'workers' in road. Yes very slow if at all.. No doubt the diversion in this area will be along the already congested A4 and will crawl along through our increasingly collection of traffic lights and roundabouts towards Taplow, via the single E/W carriageway over Maidenhead Bridge (Will this old bridge take the strain? I doubt it).. What happens when the traffic approaches Hammersmith Flover? 4 into 2 doesn't go so the load merely moves along the road. We use the M1 about once a month and yes again more endless SMART motorway which fro Luton Airport to Toddington * possibly further the gantry signs show Warning Congestion Ahead Use Hard Shoulder. Our trios are at weekend & 90% of the time there is no congestion, nor need for use of the Hard Shoulder



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