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Warning to drivers travelling through roadworks

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning drivers to take extra care when travelling through roadworks after a crash on the M40.

Emergency services were called to the motorway between junctions 6 and 7 yesterday afternoon where people were believed to be trapped in the wreckage.

A car had left the motorway and ended up on its side down the embankment and stuck in the hedgerow.

The driver and the passenger were freed safely.

The car had left the motorway and ended up on its side down an embankment Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

“I would like to thank all services who helped at this incident including the Army who had stopped when passing the incident and provided support to the casualties until our arrival. Due to the position of the car and the fact it was on its side down the embankment we had to initially stabilise the vehicle to prevent further movement and then create access by use hydraulic equipment to remove the doors and centre post from the side of the car.

"The driver and passenger were then able to be released and subsequently taken to hospital for checks, however the incident could have resulted in even more damage had the vehicle hit others and of course the injuries could have been a lot worse had they not been wearing their seat belts”

"There have been a number of recent accidents in the current temporary road works in place on this section of the M40 and I would urge drivers to stay alert, reduce their speed on approach and take extra care by following the 2 second rule in an attempt to maintain a suitable gap between you and vehicle in front, thus helping prevent possible further collisions”

– Incident Commander, Watch Manager Andy Ford


M3 roadworks cause more misery for drivers

Roadworks on the M3 aren't expected to finish until June 2017 Credit: ITV Meridian

ITV News Meridian can reveal tens of thousands of drivers face an extra six months of misery with controversial roadworks on the M3 in Surrey and Hampshire taking much longer than expected.

The work will now last until the end of June next year.

Motoring groups say it is staggering it will have taken three years to remove just 16 miles of hard shoulder. It appears they will now resurface the road as well but it's is claimed if they had planned it when they started the work it could have been completed sooner.

The Govemrnent is now holding a review that will lead to roadworks being done over shorter distances to ease the amount of disruption.

It comes as another project, the Black Dam improvement, at Basingstoke is complete six months late. There are questions over the way Highways England manage roadworks and the lack of information they give drivers on them.

M4 to close for overnight roadworks

Part of the M4 will close for three nights for roadworks Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers using the M4 near Reading are being warned of roadworks which will close the motorway for three nights from Wednesday.

A new bridge is being installed over the road as part of the construction of the new Shinfield Eastern Relief Road.

Diversions will be in place from 9pm until 6am.

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Swindon motorists facing 'months of roadwork misery'

Roadworks are underway in Swindon

Drivers in Swindon say they are facing months of misery because of roadworks in the town.

There are already ongoing improvements to one of the main roundabouts by the Bruce Street Bridges. This week Network Rail has also closed Stratton Green bridge for five months as part of electrification work.

Councillor Dale Heenan (Conservative) of Swindon Borough Council said efforts were being made to ease congestion.

Brighton has large number of ongoing roadworks in UK

Brighton and Hove has one of the highest number of ongoing roadworks in Britain.

According to a new survey by LV Road Rescue, a total of 369 roadworks are underway in the area.

LV Road Rescue managing director Peter Horton said "Local authorities face a difficult challenge to repair and maintain our roads this year, particularly given the impact of the adverse weather we have seen in recent months.

"With more cars on the road than ever, it will be hard to carry out roadworks without impacting drivers."

Brighton and Hove has one of the highest number of roadworks in their area Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Six months of roadworks to begin in Reading

Roadworks worth one point five million pounds will start in Reading today. The works from Cemetery Junction to London Road will last for 6 months.

Known as the Eastern Area Scheme, the six-month project will see a package of highways enhancement measures introduced along the busy stretch.

They include-

  • widening existing pavements to cater for new shared pedestrian and cycle routes
  • road resurfacing at Cemetery Junction
  • raised crossings at junctions to provide a level surface and safer crossing
  • planting new trees and de-cluttering of existing street furniture to provide a more attractive local environment
  • an upgrade the traffic signal junctions at Cemetery Junction, London Road/Alexandra Road, London Road/London Street and Crown Street/Southampton Street.

All of these benefits are also being delivered without the loss of any lane capacity for motorists. The enhancements will include the planting of a number of new trees along the route and generally making this busy route into Reading a more attractive place for local residents who live in and around the area. There will inevitably be a level of disruption but the project is being planned so that any lane closures take place in off peak hours, which is vitally important on such a key route."**


– Tony Page, Lead Member for Planning and Transport
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