A SECTION of Downshire Way will be converted into a dual carriageway thanks to a £3.29m grant.

The money will be spent upgrading the road between the Horse and Groom and Twin Bridges junctions to improve traffic flow.

Bracknell Forest Council was the only Berkshire authority to secure additional government funding to complete important road improvement works.

Councillor Chris Turrell, executive member for planning and transport said: "I am delighted that Bracknell Forest Council has secured this funding, a significant achievement considering we are the only authority in Berkshire to have been successful.

"Much of the improvement works so far have centred on improving capacity at key junctions. However, the additional government funding will allow us the opportunity to complete the dualling of Downshire Way, which is currently the only section along the A322/A329 that isn't dualled along its length."

The funding is part of the council's plan to vastly improve the borough's highway network, especially the A322/A329 corridor, with hopes of providing more reliable journey times and allow for further growth in the borough.

"By completing this, we will be able to provide additional capacity and run junctions more efficiently to support the ongoing growth of the borough," he continued.

“We will continue to plan all improvement works carefully to minimise disruption but there will be times where there will be some delay to normal journey times so I would like to thank in advance motorists, residents and businesses for their patience during these important improvement works."

The road upgrades are expected to begin in 2019.