M4 J3 -14 Smart Motorway proposal: Have your say

We will be hosting a web chat here from 1pm to 2pm, Tuesday 2nd December 2014 and we’ll be here to answer your questions, live, about the proposed scheme. If you are unable to attend but have a question for us, please email M4​J3​to1​2​SmartMotorways@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

The M4 motorway is the main strategic route between London, the West of England and Wales, connecting directly to the M25 and Heathrow Airport. The M4 carries over 130,000 vehicles per day and currently suffers from heavy congestion making journey times unreliable. Traffic flows on the M4 are forecast to increase to an average of 160,000 vehicles per day over the next 20 years, which will result in even more congestion if nothing is done.

The Highways Agency is proposing to improve a 32 mile length of the M4 motorway between Junction 3 (Hayes) and Junction 12 (Theale) by making it a smart motorway.The smart motorway proposal on the M4 will use the latest technology to improve journeys by monitoring traffic flow and setting speed limits accordingly to keep traffic moving smoothly, instead of continually stopping and starting. The proposal also involves converting the hard shoulder permanently to a traffic lane to create much needed extra capacity necessary to support economic growth. Information about road conditions and speed limits will be displayed to drivers on electronic road signs.

On the 10th November 2014 we opened a six week consultation to allow you to comment on our proposals.

To help with any questions that you may have about the proposed scheme so that you have the information you need to take part in the consultation, we will be hosting a web chat here from 1pm to 2pm on Tuesday 2 December.

If you would like to submit a question in advance of the web chat, please email M4​J3​to1​2​SmartMotorways@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk. with the subject heading ‘M4 web chat’.

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