People will have the chance to find out more information about the work to transform Junction 16 of the M4 at two upcoming drop-in events.
The multi-million pound upgrade is due to start later this summer and will be funded by Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) and the Wichelstowe Joint Venture. It is being delivered by Swindon Borough Council in partnership with Highways England and Wiltshire Council.
The work will see the roundabout altered and slip roads widened. The traffic signals will also be replaced and improvements will be made to the junction’s drainage.
Motorists and residents can talk to the project team at two information sessions.
The first one is taking place at Lime Kiln Leisure Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7HG, on Wednesday, 29 June between 3pm and 7pm.
On Wednesday, 6 July, the team will be on hand to answers questions at NSBRC (National Self Build & Renovation Centre), Lydiard Fields (next to Junction 16), SN5 8UB. The drop-in session will be open between 12noon and 7pm.
The motorway junction redesign is a requirement of the outline planning permission for the major housing development at nearby Wichelstowe and needs to be complete before the 1,100th property on the site is occupied.
The upgrade will ensure the junction can cope with forecast future traffic levels and cater for future development in the surrounding areas.
A contractor for the work is expected to be appointed in the coming weeks with the project anticipated to be complete by Spring 2018.
Approximately 5,500 vehicles an hour currently use Junction 16 at morning and evening peak times and this is expected to rise by more than 50 per cent over the coming years.
Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Highways and Transport, said: “This is a hugely important scheme, which will improve the layout of Junction 16 for existing motorists and ensure we have enough capacity in the future.
“I would encourage motorists, local businesses and nearby residents to pop along to one of the drop-in sessions to find out more information about the improvements and see how the programme is likely to affect them during the course of the work.”
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More information and updates about the scheme can be found at: www.swindon.gov.uk/junction16