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M25 widening could come forward for Olympics

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WIDENING OF the M25 motorway could be brought forward to reduce congestion and disruption during the 2012 Olympics, the Highways Agency said this week.

'The Agency has always recognised that winning the Games would have an impact on the sequence of the widening work and we are reviewing a number of options to reduce disruption to the travelling public, ' said a spokeswoman.

'This will also include a review of the capacity of the construction industry to deliver the works, ' she said.

The Agency said it had not ruled out postponing work if it would reduce disruption.

Widening the remaining three lane sections of the M25 to four lanes is scheduled between 2007 and 2015 as a design build fi ance and operate (DBFO) project worth £1.2bn (NCE 23 June).

Options that the Agency is considering include moving forward two sections so they are completed before 2012.

Widening the M25 between junctions 27 and 30 in Essex is scheduled for construction between 2011 and 2013. As a prime route into East London this may be accelerated.

Similarly, widening of junctions 23 to 27 between the M11 and A1(M), scheduled to be carried out between 2013 and 2015, could also be accelerated.

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