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Highways Agency: Road users advised of overnight closures on M4 junction 10 slip roads

Press Release   •   Nov 16, 2010 11:52 GMT

The Highways Agency is to carry out a range of overnight maintenance activities on junction 10 of the M4 near Reading, starting on 15 November for 10 nights.

The work includes amongst other activities, essential repairs to sections of safety fencing, litter picking, drainage work as well as grass cutting and will be undertaken between 10:00pm and 5:00am (Monday to Friday) when traffic flows are at their lowest.

Highways Agency route performance manager Peter Scott said:

"This work has been carefully planned so we can carry out a number of routine maintenance tasks simultaneously rather than closing the junction over a protracted period of time to carry out the tasks individually.

"In doing the work in this manner, we hope to further reduce the amount of disruption caused to drivers."

Whilst the slip-roads are closed, there will be clearly signed diversion routes in place via the A329(M) towards Reading or Wokingham.

The slip roads will be closed as follows:-

Monday 15 November & Tuesday 16 November - both slip roads from M4 (Eastbound and Westbound) onto A329(M) Northbound towards Reading

Wednesday 17 November & Thursday 18 November - both slip roads from M4 (Eastbound and Westbound) onto A329(M) Southbound towards Bracknell

Friday 19 November & Monday 22 November - slip road from A329(M) Southbound onto M4 Westbound

Tuesday 23 November - slip road from A329(M) Northbound onto M4 Eastbound

Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 and Friday 26 November are contingency dates which may be used, depending on the progression of the works.

Drivers are advised to check the Highways Agency website, www.highways.gov.uk, and listen to traffic bulletins on their local radio station or on DAB Digital Traffic Radio for the most up-to-date travel information.

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Highways Agency’s South East Press Office. For more information please contact us on 0207 081 7443.

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and major A roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. Work will include carriageway sweeping, litter picking, gully cleansing, sign cleaning, safety fence repairs, vegetation management, drainage work, street lighting, assessment of the bridges and grass cutting to clear the sightline of the signs and junction. Some resurfacing will also take place to address surface defects and refresh the road markings and lane studs. Various contractors operating within the same traffic management will reduce the need for additional closures and prevent additional delays for road users, as well as carry out the work in as cost-effective a manner as possible.

3. We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow works to be completed safely, in a cost-effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.

4. Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and major A roads is available:

- From our Traffic Radio service, available on DAB digital radio and the internet atwww.trafficradio.org.uk. To tune into the DAB service, simply press the "scan" button on your radio. The radio will tune into all available channels and you can select the new service by scrolling through the channels until you reach "Traffic Radio".

- From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or www.highways.gov.uk/mobile if using a phone or mobile device.

Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency. Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call.

- By phone from the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated phone service on 08700 660 115. (Calls from BT residential landlines to 0870 numbers will cost no more than 8p per minute; call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary).

5. For more general information about the Highways Agency and its work, visit the Highways Agency website www.highways.gov.uk, or telephone the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 at any time (Calls from landlines to 0300 numbers can cost up to 8p per minute but are free from some landline providers: calls from mobiles usually cost more. Please check costs with your service provider).

Safety at roadworks

The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

- Keep within the speed limit - it is there for your safety.

- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.

- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.

- Be alert for works traffic leaving or entering roadworks.

- Keep a safe distance - there could be queues in front.

- Observe all signs - they are there to help you.

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Issued by the Highways Agency’s South East Press Office. For more information please contact us on 0207 081 7443.
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