Finally, some GOOD news on the traffic front!

The Copthorne roundabout – at the junction of Tuns Lane, Cippenham Lane and Church Street – is set to re-open on the first weekend of December after nearly TWELVE MONTHS of roadworks.

How the hamburger roundabout will appear when it reopens (probably with slightly more vehicles than this artist's impression suggests)

How the hamburger roundabout will appear when it reopens (probably with slightly more vehicles than this artist’s impression suggests)

Work on a  £5.5m project to turn the Copthorne roundabout into a so-called ‘hamburger’ roundabout, where the main carriageway – in this case A355 Tuns Lane – goes straight through the middle of the junction is finally close to being finished.

Slough Borough Council has announced that it will open on or around the 3rd or 4th December, providing workers have had the right weather conditions to complete the job.

A contraflow system that has been in place between the roundabout and junction 6 of the M4 will also be removed.

However, some roadworks will still be needed on Tuns Lane to allow Balfour Beatty to finish the bridge and the carriageway, and motorists are being warned to expect some temporary lane closures.

The whole project is due to be finished by the end of January.

When work began, on 31st January, it was expected that the contraflow system would in place until April or May only.  The project was the first of three major traffic schemes aimed at ensuring Slough’s transport infrastructure is fit for the future – the others being the Windsor Road improvements and the western stretch of the SMaRT (Slough Mass Rapid Transport).

Councillor Fiza Matloob, commissioner for highways and transport at Slough Borough Council, said:

We had hoped to finish in November but unfortunately some bits of the project, in particular the strengthening of the bridge, took longer than expected for technical reasons.

“However, I’m pleased to say there’s light at the end of the tunnel for motorists and I’d like to thank everyone for their patience.

“This project and the others we’re doing on the A4 and Windsor Road are all about reducing congestion and improving traffic flow – so while we don’t like having roadworks, the results will benefit everyone.”

The Copthorne junction will also boast a new ‘intelligent’ traffic light system that senses traffic jams and adjusts the sequencing of the lights accordingly. The scheme also involved widening parts of Tuns Lane to three lanes.

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