Millions to be spent on increasing capacity of M25 junction in Bullsmoor, reports James Cracknell
Work has started on an “essential” major upgrade of junction 25 of the M25 – in an effort to cut congestion at the notorious traffic hotspot.
Several parts of the junction will be widened and reconfigured, including slip roads, while new crossings for cyclists and pedestrians will also be built. The work is estimated to cost between £25million and £50m and is due to finish in summer 2022.
During construction, motorists are being urged to avoid the junction whenever possible. Highways England project manager Indy Grewal said: “Improving this junction will mean better journeys for the 6,300 drivers who use it every hour at peak times; it will also increase capacity and help to boost the economy.”
Research by Highways England showed that if improvements to the junction weren’t carried out, by 2037 journey times could be doubled and average speeds reduced by up to 30%. It also warns that without expanding the junction “future development and growth opportunities” would become “more limited”.
Indy added: “We’ve been busy working on developing the design and construction plan since our last public information events in June 2019, where people’s feedback helped shape our approach to delivering the scheme.”
A virtual event where people can find out more about the scheme takes place tomorrow (Friday 29th January) from 11am–3pm and on Saturday (30th) from 9am–12pm.
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