Final pre-handover inspections of the Shinfield Eastern Relief Road have uncovered some quality issues connected to the drainage installation. We are currently investigating the extent of the issue, which is unrelated to the groundwater problem, and as principal contractor we take responsibility for fully resolving this.

Obviously it is hugely disappointing to have to report a further setback on this project. We understand that the delay to opening the Eastern Relief Road is extremely frustrating and apologise to the local community, businesses and road users who are impacted by this, but it is crucial that this drainage issue is fully resolved before the road opens, to avoid the use of traffic restrictions once the road is in use.

Unfortunately, as a result, we will not be in a position to announce the Eastern Relief Road opening date this week, as previously anticipated. We will, however, provide a further update by late August. In the meantime, if you have any queries, please contact Kelly Shear, Stakeholder Manager at:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The HOCHTIEF project team.