Road users are reminded that the M4 eastbound will be closed overnight tonight (Wednesday) between junctions 3 and 2 for essential technical and safety work.
The work will maintain safe journeys along the M4 and ensure that the Highways Agency can monitor traffic flows, respond to incidents and continue to provide up to date information to road users during the Olympics and beyond.
The work will take place between 12.30am and 5am and will involve essential repairs to the safety barrier which was damaged during an incident on Monday 23 July. This will maintain safety along this section of the M4. During the closure repairs will also be carried out to two cameras.
The work is being carried out overnight, when traffic levels are lowest, to minimise disruption to road users.
A clearly signed diversion via the A4 and A312 will be in place during the closure.
Passengers arriving late into Heathrow tonight (Wednesday) will need to follow the diversion route.
All road users are advised to allow plenty of time for their journeys.
If for any unforeseen reason the work cannot take place tonight, the closure and the work will instead take place tomorrow, Thursday. This is only a contingency, but if it is needed we will update road users as soon as possible.
This work is not connected to the recent repair work on the Boston Manor Viaduct which is near junction 2 and is also not connected to the operation of the M4 Games Lane which operates for 3.5miles eastbound between junctions 3 and 2.
Notes to Editors
1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.
2. Maintenance and improvement projects: We plan maintenance and improvement projects carefully to allow road works to be completed safely, in a cost effective way while keeping disruption to road users to a minimum. We do as much work as possible overnight and when roads are less busy in order to keep more lanes open for road users at peak travel times. Drivers are advised to check their route for road works and allow extra time for their journeys where needed. We have a variety of journey planning tools that road users can use to check travel conditions on the roads we manage, and we will do all we can to keep road users informed.
3. Safety at roadworks: The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:
- Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
- Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs – they are there to help you.
4. Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and other strategic roads is available:
- From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or www.highways.gov.uk/mobile if using a phone or mobile device.
- By phone from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000 at any time. (Calls to 0300 numbers will cost no more than 5p per minute from a standard BT residential landline. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary, but will be no more than a standard geographic call and will be included in all inclusive minutes and discount schemes). Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call. Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency.
- On an iPhone app which will automatically select the region you are in. Free to download from the iTunes store or search for Highways Agency on your device.
- From Twitter – there are eight feeds with live traffic information provided by region. For information on roads in the south east region follow us @HAtraffic_seast or for the full index visit www.highways.gov.uk/twitter.
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