M4 Improvements At Junction 16

14 June 2016, 17:01 | Updated: 14 June 2016, 17:05

M4 junction 16

Drop-in events are being planned to give people more information about major work to upgrade junction 16 of the M4.

The multi-million pound work will start in the summer to alter the roundabout, widen the slip roads and replace the traffic lights.

The redesign is a requirement of the outline planning permission for the major housing development at nearby Wichelstowe and needs to be completed before the 1,100th property is occupied. 

The upgrade will ensure the junction can cope with the extra traffic levels created by the new housing. 

The first drop-in event takes place at Lime Kiln Leisure Centre, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 7HG, on Wednesday, 29 June between 3pm and 7pm. 

The second is on Wednesday, 6 July, at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre, Lydiard Fields (next to Junction 16), SN5 8UB. 

The drop-in session will be open between 12noon and 7pm. A contractor for the work is expected to be appointed in the coming weeks with the project anticipated to be complete by Spring 2018. 

Cllr Dale Heenan, Swindon Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Highways and Transport, said: ''This is a hugely important scheme, which will improve the layout of Junction 16 for existing motorists and ensure we have enough capacity in the future. 

''I would encourage motorists, local businesses and nearby residents to pop along to one of the drop-in sessions to find out more information about the improvements and see how the programme is likely to affect them during the course of the work.'' 

More information and updates about the scheme can be found here.