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Olympic road revamp firm selected

A firm has been selected to oversee the £7m upgrade of a busy Berkshire road which is also the main route to an Olympic 2012 Games site.

Work on the Windsor and Eton relief road and Eton/Slough spur road is expected to begin next spring.

The route is part of the Olympic Route Network as it links to the rowing venue, Dorney Rowing Lake.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead said the firm Atkins was chosen based on cost and experience.

The road, which runs from junction 6 of the M4 to the Clarence Road roundabout in Windsor, is the borough's busiest road - carrying up to 22 million vehicles a year, a council spokesman said.

Essential maintenance work will include renovating and upgrading bridges, waterproofing, resurfacing and erecting safer barriers, he added.

The £7m project will be funded by the South East England Partnership Board/Department for Transport Regional Transport Fund, following a successful bid by the council.

Cllr Colin Rayner, the borough's lead member for highways and streetcare, said: "The Windsor and Eton Relief Road was built in the early 70s and is now in desperate need of repairs to ensure it remains safe and to meet today's more stringent safety standards."

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