M4 Smart Motorway scheme given the go-ahead

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The M4 Smart Motorway scheme has been given the green light by the Department for Transport.

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.

Overhead displays and traffic cameras will be used to control speed limits and display information about traffic conditions.

It is hoped the scheme, which will cost more than half a billion pounds, will be complete by March 2022.

The application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration in March last year and the decision was made on Friday.

Sarah Richards, the Planning Inspectorate’s chief executive said: “To date, The Planning Inspectorate has examined 58 applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects, all within the statutory timescales laid down in the Planning Act 2008.

“This certainty of knowing when a decision will be made and following full consideration of public views, provides developers and investors with the confidence needed to plan the infrastructure improvements this country needs.”

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  • Pursuer

    12:12, 05 September 2016

    What a colossal waste of public money- 6 years of chaos,at least, most of which will feature nothing more than traffic restrictions, diversions on to the SINGLE LANE, A4, delays on the M4. loads of plant and machinery parked on the hard shoulder and little or no work or staff visible. If in doubt look at the M3, or speak to residents in Camberley, Bagshot & Frimley.. Even when completed, if ever, the gantries will feature inaccurate data. Again if in doubt look at the M1 North of Luton Airport. Warning signs of 'Congestion Use hard shoulder' and speed restrictions, when there is not the slightest congestion. As for 6 years so called work, look at the Grand Kanto Highway in Naka,Japan, torn apart after earthquake, back and running in 6 DAYS or consider the Los Angeles harbour bridge, upper deck section, severely damaged in an earthquake yet rebuilt in 6 months.

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