Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, today welcomed an announcement by Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for the Department for Transport, that the government would provide almost £3.5 million in funding to help alleviate congestion in Reading West constituency at two of the town’s most notorious pinch points.
The announcement includes funding to widen a 650 metre stretch of the A4 in Calcot to improve access to Junction 12 of the M4 and the removal of a series of bottlenecks on the A33 route into Reading.
The funding comes from a £170 million Local Pinch Point Fund programme announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the 2012 Autumn Statement to remove bottlenecks on the local highway network which are impeding growth.
Alok Sharma said: “I am delighted the government will be providing the money to fund these essential projects in my constituency. Congestion on Reading’s roads has plagued many of my constituents for years and so this funding will come as a welcome relief to individuals and businesses alike.”
Alok continued: “This announcement reflects the government’s commitment to supporting economic growth by tackling barriers on the local highway network that are restricting the movement of goods and people and is further recognition of Reading’s vital contribution to the wider economy.”
The projects in Reading West included in the announcement are:
The project involves improvements to a notorious traffic congestion issue in the Calcot area of Reading. This part of the A4 serves as the main access route to/from the M4 junction 12 to the residential areas of western Reading. The project involves widening the road to provide an additional westbound traffic lane over a distance of 650m. The opportunity will also be taken to make best use of the existing carriageway space to significantly lengthen the merge from the exit of the junction with Royal Avenue, whilst lengthening the diverge lanes on the eastbound approach to the Langley Hill junction. The project is expected to begin during the summer of 2014 with the completion scheduled by spring 2015.
Value £1.992 million
Reading A33 Congestion Relief
The scheme removes a series of bottlenecks on the main strategic A33 route into Reading. The proposed improvements would provide extra capacity for all traffic helping to ease current congestion and facilitate planned growth. The scheme includes additional traffic lanes and controls at junctions plus new cycle/pedestrian connections to employment hubs. Construction is expected to begin in early 2014 with completion scheduled by the autumn of 2014.
Value £ 1.442 million