Ministers are currently pursuing a road overhaul in the UK, with crews constructing the “smart motorway” system. They would introduce a new traffic management system designed to cut congestion and maximise capacity. While they expect this will ultimately help most motorists, it will inconvenience them in the short term.
When is the M4 closing in December?
The upgrades will require construction crews to close down sections of the M4 this month, both ways.
Mercifully, they have scheduled works while most people are at home and outside the Christmas holidays.
But people will have to brave two weekends of closures that started yesterday and resume again next week.
December 3 weekend closures
M4 closures started on Friday December 3 at 8pm, when most people had made their trips home.
They will last for another two days until Monday, December 6, by 6am.
Crews will concentrate their work across junction six to Slough and junctions 8/9 for Maidenhead.
They will close both ways while the works continue.
Workers have built diversions to direct people through the route, but these will ultimately extend people’s journey times.
Motorists requiring the routes can travel out via the A308M and A308 and use the A355 on their return.
Officials have warned those embarking on trips through the affected areas to expect delays.
December 10 closures
The next round of closures comes the following weekend, avoiding a close shave with Christmas.
The motorway upgrades will close junctions five to six from Langley to Slough between Friday, December 10 and Monday, December 13.
Once again, the M4 will close in both directions on these two routes.
Construction crews aim to start work at 8pm on the Friday and finish by 6am the following Monday.
Another diversion will guide motorists between the closed routes via the A4 and A355.
December 10 marks the last weekend of scheduled closures, freeing up the roads for Christmas.
While this doesn’t rule out emergency works, people should use the motorway as intended until the weekend of January 3.Internet Explorer Channel Network