Transport Secretary Justine Greening has told ITV News that the repair work done on London's M4 motorway has been "significant", as the city prepares for the London 2012 Games this month. The M4 was closed last week after a crack was found in a "sensitive" area.
Labour MP John Woodcock described the reopening the M4 motorway in London today as a a "huge relief", but said ministers needed to come out and confirm they were totally happy that the road is safe to use.
The Shadow Transport Minister told BBC Breakfast: "The whole country wants the Olympics to be a huge success so it is a huge relief that the road is open because of the chaos it would have caused with athletes arriving on Monday to travel to the Olympic Village."
"Given the scale of the problem, ministers need to come out and say they are completely confident the crack is fixed."
The crack was discovered during an ongoing repair programme. Work on that continues and for this reason vehicles weighing 7.5 tonnes or more will still be restricted from using the motorway between the junctions. A diversion route remains in place via the A4 and A312 dual carriageways.
Repair work on the M4 in west London, the main route from Heathrow to the capital, is progressing well and the motorway should open in the next few days, the Highways Agency said tonight.
Complex work to repair cracks in the Boston Manor Viaduct on the M4 is progressing well but we are still in the critical phase of the works and the reopening of the motorway between junctions 2 and 3 will only take place when it is safe to do so.
Further finishing work will then be required before the road can be reopened.