M4 traffic: Motorists face 10 miles of delays after horror crash on motorway


Motorists face more than 10 miles of traffic today on the M4 following a crash in rush hour.

One lane is blocked on the eastbound carriageway near junction 23 – the M48 link – and jams are back to junction 27 for Newport, south Wales.

The crash, which has closed lane three of three, will add one hour and 20 minutes onto journey times.

Emergency services are thought to be at the scene but it’s unclear how many vehicles are involved in the collision.

The situation is compounded because the majority of train services across the Wales and Borders network will not run on Wednesday, October 5, Thursday, October 6, Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8.

No diversions are in place as yet, reports Wales Online, but some drivers are using alternative routes anyway.

It means there are heavy delays on alternative roads too, including local routes through Newport and the surrounding areas.

The A48 is slow eastbound through the city from the Duffryn neighbourhood and to the Milton area in the east, where drivers are rejoining the motorway at junction 24.

The A4810 eastbound is congested from Liswerry to junction 23A of the M4 at Magor.

Yesterday, a gas leak inside a tunnel on the M4 near Heathrow Airport shut the route and left passengers “stranded” at the flights hub.

Traffic ground to a halt at Junction 4, for Heathrow and Uxbridge, with cars also unable to leave the airport’s car park, which was completely gridlocked.

Speaking yesterday, a National Highways spokesperson said the M4 in Greater London was closed in both directions between J4 and J4A for Heathrow Airport due to an off-network incident. They said the Metropolitan Police along with Heathrow Airport crews were in attendance.



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