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Fleets get chance to see M4 smart motorway plans

Highways England has revealed its plans for a 32-mile stretch of smart motorway on the M4 – believed to be the longest in the country.

How the M4 will look between junctions 8-9 after the upgrade

How the M4 will look between junctions 8-9 after the upgrade

The move will add an extra lane in each direction to the M4 between junction 3, near Hayes, and junction 12 at Theale, to upgrade it to an all-lane-running smart motorway.

Work was due to start in March 2017 and finish in 2022 but was delayed due to issues resulting from planning consent.

Now, Highways England has said that plans about the upgrade will on show this weekend, Saturday 7 July, with the first of six public events ahead of main construction starting later this year.

Highways England delivery director Mike Grant said: “Upgrading the M4 to a smart motorway between junctions 3 and 12 is a massive job and will provide huge benefits not only to the 130,000 drivers using it each day by tackling congestion and improving journey times, but also for business travellers and holiday makers using the corridor to get to and from the airports in the south, as well as residents and businesses based in the area.”

Details of the project and the public events can be found here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.