An M4 bridge in Berkshire has been demolished and the road reopened in just over one day - good news for those travelling to the England v Ireland rugby match at Twickenham today.

The motorway has been closed in both directions between junction 4b (for the M25) and junction 5 (at Langley) for the demolition of Old Slade Lane bridge.

The work saw the motorway fully closed from 11.30pm on Friday and it was expected to reopen at 6am today.

But the work finished several hours ahead of schedule to clear the way for traffic travelling to and from the Six Nations rugby match at Twickenham, where England will be taking on Ireland at 3pm.

The work is part of a project to create a Smart Motorway on the M4 between junctions 3 and 12.

The bridge had to be demolished as it is not wide enough to accommodate the new lane in each direction being created underneath it, and a new wider bridge needs to be built. A new bridge will be installed by the end of the year.

Road users are also being advised of another closure at the start of next month, when the M4 will be closed in both directions between junctions 3 (Hayes) and 4 (Heathrow Airport), from 10pm Saturday 7 March until 6am Monday 9 March.

The closure will be timed to avoid the rugby at Twickenham, and begins on Saturday night, after England’s next Six Nations match against Wales at 4.45pm and ensuring the M4 remains open for match traffic.