Villagers search for M4 answers
Widening of m-way in the spotlight
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
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.