Work to M4 and M5 to get underway next year




Car insurance customers who travel in the south-west of England may experience long-term delays as work to two motorways has been planned.

Suggestions by the Highways Agency to revamp the M4 and M5 near Bristol are to be released to the public on November 4th and 5th in an exhibition which will show the benefits of the scheme.

The project aims to cut congestion, improve journey times and boost safety measures through the construction plans, which are set to be completed in 2013-14.

Paul Unwin, Highways Agency project manager, said: “This scheme will provide much-needed additional capacity on the M4 and M5, and our experience elsewhere shows that managed motorways deliver significant safety benefits and more reliable journey times.”

The initial stages of the project will start on November 7th but the full work will begin early next year.

Closures to the stretch of road between junctions 19 and 20 on the M4 and 15 and 19 on the M5 may cause some disruption to motorists, but the agency promised to keep congestion to a minimum throughout the maintenance.

The A38 in Kennford south of Exeter will see westbound lane closures overnight for essential bridge maintenance between October 27th and 28th.

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