Footbridge replacement on the M4 UK
United Kingdom – Hams Farm footbridge, between junction 5 and 6 on the M4, will be replaced during August and September 2006. To prepare for the bridge replacement, work is starting in May 2006.
The existing Hams Farm bridge will be replaced with a new structure that will have greater headroom clearance and a higher resistance to impact. The improved bridge will also have a mesh screening to reduce the risk of objects falling on to the motorway.
From 16 May 2006 the hard shoulder between junctions 5 and 6 will be closed to allow work on the existing to bridge to be carried out safely. During the removal of the existing bridge it will be necessary for a total closure of the M4 between junctions 4 and 5. More details of dates will be announced nearer the time with details of surrounding road closures and diversion routes.
Highways Agency project sponsor, Steve Cobb, said:
"Hams Farm footbridge is being replaced for safety reasons. The new structure will increase driver and pedestrian safety by having a greater headroom clearance and greater resistance to impact. Road user will also be further protected by the wire mesh that will stop objects from falling on to the motorway below."
The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. It manages, maintains and improves England’s motorways and trunk roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.
- 1. The Highways Agency traffic information website is at www.highways.gov.uk/trafficinfo
- 2. For real-time traffic information, the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated telephone service is on 08700 660 115. (Calls from BT landlines to 0870 numbers will cost no more than 8p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more)
- 3. For general information about the Highways Agency and its work, visit the Highways Agency website www.highways.gov.uk or telephone the Highways Agency information line on 08457 50 40 30 (Calls from BT landlines to 0845 numbers will cost no more than 4p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more. Service operates: 08.00 – 20.00 weekdays, 09.00 – 17.00 weekends).
Safe driving at roadworks
During 2003 and 2004, three road workers were killed and 27 seriously injured in the course of their work on Highways Agency roads.
For the safety of all road users and roadworkers, drivers approaching roadworks are advised to:
- Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
- Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs – they are there to help you.