Sharma welcomes massive government investment in roads

28th June 2013

Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, has welcomed a government commitment to widen the M4 between Reading and London, as part of the biggest programme of investment in roads since the 1970s.

The Government announced yesterday, that it would introduce four lane capacity to 31 miles of the M4 Motorway between Theale and the A312 at Heathrow Airport, subject to the usual tests of value for money and deliverability.

The announcement forms part of a wider commitment by the government to publicly fund a pipeline of specific projects worth over £100 billion over the next parliament, including over £70 billion in transport, over £20 billion in schools, and over £10 billion in science, housing and flood defences.

Under government plans, annual investment in major road schemes will be trebled by 2020-21, compared to today’s levels, and includes a commitment to building all available Highways Agency road projects to tackle the most congested parts of the network.

Alok Sharma said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome the commitment by the Conservative-led government to widen the M4 between Reading and London which, as most Reading motorists will know, is one of the most congested parts of the motorway network in the country.”

Alok continued: “Reading is already benefiting from the government’s substantial investment in railways and roads, including a billion pound investment in Reading station, improvements to Pangbourne and Theale stations, as well as funding to relieve congestion on the A4 in Calcot and on the A33. This new commitment to widen the M4 adds to a growing list of infrastructure projects which will secure Reading’s status as an economic powerhouse for decades to come.”

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