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Drivers caught up in motorway scam

Motorists in the Thames Valley are being warned about smartly-dressed conmen who tell them sob stories and trick them out of money.

Police say it's happened almost 30 times in just five days - on the M40 in Buckinghamshire; the M4 - including Chieveley along to Windsor, in Berkshire, and on the M25 into London. Mel Bloor sends the details..

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Have your say on M4 upgrade

Residents, road users, local business and the local community are being invited to have their say about plans for a major upgrade to the M4.

Under Highways Agency plans, around 32 miles of the M4 between London and Theale will be widened to four lanes in each direction by converting the hard shoulder to a running lane, and installing new technology along the road to help keep traffic flowing and drivers informed.

Today, a consultation begins and the Highways Agency is keen to hear people’s views on its plans.

The consultation will run until Sunday 21 December.

The first of 11 public information exhibitions will take place at the Madejski Stadium, Reading on Tuesday 18 November, at which members of the public will be able to look at detailed plans for the proposal and also speak to members of the Highways Agency project team.

People can take part in the consultation by completing our questionnaire which will be available alongside the consultation brochure and will also be available on the Highways Agency’s website.

Major problems on M4 after crash and diesel spill

Road users are being warned of severe delays on the M4 in Berkshire following a multi-vehicle collision this morning.

The eastbound carriageway is closed at junction 5 and there are currently delays to junction 10.

The motorway has been inspected and due to the amount of diesel spilt, it will require resurfacing.

The emergency resurfacing work will take place after 1pm and is expected to last until early evening. The Highways Agency say the motorway will reopen once the resurfacing work has been completed.

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