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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.

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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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Police warn about motorway fraud

Good Samaritans who stopped for a lone man posing as a stranded motorist have fallen victim to the fraud. The man carries a green fuel can and is believed to stand on various slip roads between junction 19 of the M4 (M32 junction) and junction 15 (A419 Swindon turnoff).

The man claims his vehicle has broken down elsewhere due to running out of fuel he asks motorists for a lift to the nearest service station, primarily Leigh Delemere or Membury.

En route he claims to take a call from the Highways Agency or police who require his car to be moved at a cost of around £800. Those giving him a lift have then offered to help out towards the cost. Once dropped at the services they never hear from him again.

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111where information can be left anonymously if they wish.

– Wiltshire Police

Long delays on the M4

There are reports of five miles of stationary traffic on the M4 in Berkshire after a number of cars and a lorry were involved in an accident.

Six fire engines are at the scene just past junction 13 at Newbury heading towards London, according to an eyewitness on the motorway.

It is thought six cars were involved, but it's not yet known if anyone has been hurt.

M4 bus lane running out of road

The bus lane was introduced in 1999. After it was temporarily suspended, a study was carried out into the impact of the suspension and in April 2012 a report published by the Highways Agency showed drivers had benefitted from the move.

As a result the Agency then published a notice signalling the Revocation Order, which was part of the process to permanently remove the lane. The lane remained suspended throughout the process although it was used as a Games Family Lane during the Olympics.

A public notice announcing the order will be place in the technical and local press next month

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