13th July 2016

IKEA Reading – Highways improvement scheme completion

We are pleased to announce that after 11 months work the highways scheme in Reading is now complete and ready for the opening of the new IKEA Store.  The project finished on time for the store opening on the 14th July 2016.

The project involved replacing a roundabout on the A4 with a traffic signalised junction while maintaining traffic flows between Reading and the M4 whilst also allowing access to a major retail park, industrial estate and the IKEA store build team.  A further traffic signal crossing was constructed to link the store to the car park and various traffic signal alterations were made to Junction 12 of the M4.  A new lane was constructed for the entry slip onto the M4 requiring a major earthworks operation to extend an embankment.

Various other works including highway improvements, new footway cycle ways and complicated utility diversions in densely populated pedestrian and trafficked areas.

Below is a comment from Gareth Dowding – Senior Engineer Highways & Transport West Berkshire Council

“This was the first time that Breheny have worked in West Berkshire on a S278 scheme and hopefully it will not be their last.

I was impressed with their understanding of what traffic control was required in order to carry out the works and when combined with their careful phasing of the works meant traffic delays were kept to a minimum on a carriageway such as the A4 that has in excess of 35,000 vehicle movements per day on it.

The use of a web page via their main Web site was a great source of information to locals and passing traffic and ensured up to date information about changes to TM layouts and programme was available to all.”

Please take a look at the drone video and stills of the project.