Alok Sharma welcomes investment to alleviate traffic in Reading West

The announcement includes funding to widen a 650 metre stretch of the A4 in Calcot to improve access to Junction 12 of the M4 and the removal of a series of bottlenecks on the A33 route into Reading.

The funding comes from a £170 million Local Pinch Point Fund programme announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the 2012 Autumn Statement to remove bottlenecks on the local highway network which are impeding growth.

Alok Sharma said: “I am delighted the government will be providing the money to fund these essential projects in my constituency. Congestion on Reading’s roads has plagued many of my constituents for years and so this funding will come as a welcome relief to individuals and businesses alike.”

Alok continued: “This announcement reflects the government’s commitment to supporting economic growth by tackling barriers on the local highway network that are restricting the movement of goods and people and is further recognition of Reading’s vital contribution to the wider economy.”