26 February 2016
Dear Mr Redwood
Thank you for your further letter of 18 January about the new road layout on the A329(M)/M4 Junction 10.
I note your observations about future capacity requirements on the A329(M) in light of the new housing developments.
The improvements to this junction were carried out under the government’s Pinch Point Programme to facilitate planned economic growth to improve traffic flow on the M4 by relieving congestion on the slip roads at Junction 10. We worked closely with WBC to develop and understand the impact of the growth proposals through the Local Plan process.
The improvements have successfully reduced observed queues on the M4 and associated safety risks. To address concerns relating to the junction improvements and the safe operation of the A329(M) we held a meeting with Wokingham Borough Council on 19 January. At the meeting an agreement was reached to install cameras to observe driver behaviour and undertake traffic counts. The results of this investigation will inform discussions with WBC to identify the feasibility and programme of any further improvements on the A329(M). The video survey and traffic counts are programmed to complete by spring 2016.
Our project sponsor, Ed French, will contact you once we have the monitoring results and have discussed proposals with WBC.