Vil­lagers search for M4 an­swers

Widen­ing of m-way in the spot­light

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

VIL­LAGERS will be given an­swers about how they could be af­fected by the po­ten­tial widen­ing of a mo­tor­way.

The High­ways Agency has an­nounced plans to widen the M4 over the next 10 years and this could mean parts of Iver be­ing af­fected.

The pro­posed scheme in­volves con­vert­ing about 32 miles of the ex­ist­ing M4 from junc­tion three at Hayes to junc­tion 12 at Theale into a ‘smart mo­tor­way’.

This means that the mo­tor­way would be widened, with the hard shoul­der be­ing per­ma­nently con­verted into a lane of the road, while some bridges along the route would have to be re­placed or widened.

In ad­di­tion to this, new signs and sig­nals giv­ing

There could

be traf­fic be­ing di­verted

off the M4 through Iver while work is tak­ing


in­for­ma­tion about speed lim­its, travel con­di­tions and lane clo­sures would need to be put in place.

The plans will be dis­cussed in de­tail at a pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion at Iver Vil­lage Hall on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 6 from 10am un­til 4pm.

Iver Parish Coun­cil chair­man Wendy Matthews said: “We have to wait and see how ex­actly Iver will be af­fected.

“We should get the an­swers at the meet­ing.

“There could be traf­fic be­ing di­verted off the M4 through Iver while work is tak­ing place, or land be­ing taken for the project.

“We also don’t know when the work would be hap­pen­ing if it does take place or how it is planned to be car­ried out.

“So re­ally the meet­ing will be our chance to find all this out.”

The M4 passes over Old Slade Lane in Iver via a bridge.

The bridge may have to be re­placed or widened to ac­com­mo­date the mo­tor­way be­ing widened if the plans go ahead.

The road also has a junc­tion with the M25 to the east of Old Slade Lane, but it is not known if or how this would change if the work goes ahead.

Other exhibitions will be tak­ing place in lo­ca­tions such as Slough, Uxbridge and Read­ing, which could also be af­fected by the plans.

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