Major upgrade for M40 junction 12

Written by Ellie

Highways Agency engineers are to begin a raft of essential improvements for junction 12 of the M40 in Warwickshire in the coming weeks.

Getting underway in March, contractor Balfour Beatty has been instructed to carry out improvements to the junction, as motorists in the area regularly suffer from severe congestion and tailbacks of up to 1.2 miles during peak travel times.

The £11.6 million scheme will be carried out in conjunction with dualling for the adjoining B4451 and will aim to provide a considerable boost to transport network capacity for the area once completed, as well as delivering an associated boost to safety for all road users.

Highways Agency project manager Shah Hussain said: "We've worked hard with Warwickshire County Council to create complementary schemes to really cut congestion and improve journeys on this busy stretch of the M40.

"Our work will stop drivers queuing on the hard shoulder – which creates an unsafe environment – and will boost the capacity of the junction to cope with growth in the foreseeable future."

Peter Butlin, Warwickshire County Council's cabinet portfolio holder for transport and planning, added that the council is pleased to be working in such close partnership with the Highways Agency to deliver this essential improvement in an area that has been blighted by considerable congestion for several years.

The work will not only ensure travellers are able to reach their destinations across the county with less fuss and frustration, but the project will also deliver a key boost to the local economy, as well as unlocking significant potential growth for the years ahead.

Originally announced as part of a raft of transport infrastructure measures in chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement 2012, the scheme is now finally getting underway following the commitment of £11 million of government funding to the project.

Posted on 23rd February 2015

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