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Plans afoot to remove some of M4's hard shoulder

Changes planned for the M4

The M4 in Berkshire will become the longest section of motorway in Britain to have its hard shoulder removed.

The highly controversial plan was recently revealed by ITV News Meridian with motoring groups claiming the move will put safety at risk. The M3 and M25 will also have sections of the hard shoulder removed.

The Highways Agency will reveal the plans at a series of public events along the route next week.

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Fierce blaze closes M4

The scene between junctions 1 and 3 Credit: Twitter/Marcus Aurelius

A bus is on fire on the M4, closing the motorway in both directions between junctions 1 and 3. Those travelling on the opposite carriageway say they could feel the heat of the blaze. Firefighters have arrived at the scene.

Despite the dramatic pictures, no injuries have been reported. Credit: Twitter/Jack Elvin
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