Eastbound drivers facing month of M4 chaos

This Is Wiltshire: Resurfacing work has commenced on the M4 Resurfacing work has commenced on the M4

DRIVERS heading out of Swindon towards Reading and London are facing a month of disruption as work to resurface a section of the M4 started yesterday.

The Highways Agency have begun a programme of work which they hope will give drivers a smoother ride but will have to close a key section of the road for part of the work.

Hardest hit will be those heading east of Swindon in the evening, who will be diverted down through Marlborough and then Eddington to reach Junction 14, along with the rest of the motorway traffic.

The first section of work is being carried out on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15 and is expected to be completed by the middle of May.

Although much of the work will take place at night, drivers will face a number of lane closures during the period while the work is taking place.

However, the bulk of the disruption will be from May 6 until 13, when the eastbound carriageway between these two junctions will be closed entirely between 10pm and 6am.

The junction is served by approximately 87,000 vehicles everyday so while the closure will miss out the bulk of the traffic, the diversion route will take longer.

The reason being given for the £700,000 works is to increase the longevity of the road while improving the safety for drivers.

Guy Watts, Highways Agency Project Sponsor, said: “The work on the M4 will involve the complete resurfacing of the road with new material, recycling the old surface, and this will help to maintain safety and provide drivers with an improved road surface.

“We have planned to work so that disruption for drivers is minimised as much as possible. This means that work will take place overnight, from Monday to Friday only, with lane closures in place where possible or road closures and a clearly signed diversion route in place when the road is closed.”

During the works drivers are being asked to make sure extra time is taken into account when planning for journeys.

When the section of motorway is closed a diversion is being put in place, although this will take longer. Drivers will have to go down the A346 into Marlborough, along the A4 and then up the A338.

Once those works are completed, work will take place further along the M4, at junctions 10 , 11 and 12 throughout May and into June so the Highways Agency have advised drivers to take these works into account as well.

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2:57pm Mon 28 Apr 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

There's at least 4 or 5 different ways that traffic could go to avoid this, why direct them the longest possible route through a traffic bottleneck in Marlborough?
There's at least 4 or 5 different ways that traffic could go to avoid this, why direct them the longest possible route through a traffic bottleneck in Marlborough? The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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3:53pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Gerequois says...

How about some reports on the signs that have appeared on Mead way saying it is going to be closed for *** FIFTEEN DAYS *** ?? Had not seen or heard anything at all about this until the signs went up and it is going to cause absolute chaos.... :(
How about some reports on the signs that have appeared on Mead way saying it is going to be closed for *** FIFTEEN DAYS *** ?? Had not seen or heard anything at all about this until the signs went up and it is going to cause absolute chaos.... :( Gerequois
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4:00pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Wildwestener says...

Gerequois wrote:
How about some reports on the signs that have appeared on Mead way saying it is going to be closed for *** FIFTEEN DAYS *** ?? Had not seen or heard anything at all about this until the signs went up and it is going to cause absolute chaos.... :(
It's cos they can't see West Swindon from the Adver Offices or from inside the Beehive
[quote][p][bold]Gerequois[/bold] wrote: How about some reports on the signs that have appeared on Mead way saying it is going to be closed for *** FIFTEEN DAYS *** ?? Had not seen or heard anything at all about this until the signs went up and it is going to cause absolute chaos.... :([/p][/quote]It's cos they can't see West Swindon from the Adver Offices or from inside the Beehive Wildwestener
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4:46pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Gerequois says...

Gerequois wrote:
How about some reports on the signs that have appeared on Mead way saying it is going to be closed for *** FIFTEEN DAYS *** ?? Had not seen or heard anything at all about this until the signs went up and it is going to cause absolute chaos.... :(
Looking at the latest sign - it's actually Whitehill way that will be closed from Meadway to Shaw Ridge - no idea why such a long stretch needs to be closed for a 15 day period but the traffic to and from West Swindon is going to be very badly affected if the signs are correct.
[quote][p][bold]Gerequois[/bold] wrote: How about some reports on the signs that have appeared on Mead way saying it is going to be closed for *** FIFTEEN DAYS *** ?? Had not seen or heard anything at all about this until the signs went up and it is going to cause absolute chaos.... :([/p][/quote]Looking at the latest sign - it's actually Whitehill way that will be closed from Meadway to Shaw Ridge - no idea why such a long stretch needs to be closed for a 15 day period but the traffic to and from West Swindon is going to be very badly affected if the signs are correct. Gerequois
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6:04pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Dick-Turpin says...

Gerequois wrote:
Gerequois wrote:
How about some reports on the signs that have appeared on Mead way saying it is going to be closed for *** FIFTEEN DAYS *** ?? Had not seen or heard anything at all about this until the signs went up and it is going to cause absolute chaos.... :(
Looking at the latest sign - it's actually Whitehill way that will be closed from Meadway to Shaw Ridge - no idea why such a long stretch needs to be closed for a 15 day period but the traffic to and from West Swindon is going to be very badly affected if the signs are correct.
The reason is on the roadworks site but the description reads
High impact, delays likely
Location : Withymead Rdbt To Tewkesbury Way Rdbt (Phase 1)
Description : Resurfacing - Major Patching Throughout Route - Works Hrs 0800 to 1800 Mon to Fri Sunday Night Works 11.05.2014 & 18.05.2014 on 5 Ways Rdbt 1600 to 0600
www.roadworks.org
[quote][p][bold]Gerequois[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gerequois[/bold] wrote: How about some reports on the signs that have appeared on Mead way saying it is going to be closed for *** FIFTEEN DAYS *** ?? Had not seen or heard anything at all about this until the signs went up and it is going to cause absolute chaos.... :([/p][/quote]Looking at the latest sign - it's actually Whitehill way that will be closed from Meadway to Shaw Ridge - no idea why such a long stretch needs to be closed for a 15 day period but the traffic to and from West Swindon is going to be very badly affected if the signs are correct.[/p][/quote]The reason is on the roadworks site but the description reads High impact, delays likely Location : Withymead Rdbt To Tewkesbury Way Rdbt (Phase 1) Description : Resurfacing - Major Patching Throughout Route - Works Hrs 0800 to 1800 Mon to Fri Sunday Night Works 11.05.2014 & 18.05.2014 on 5 Ways Rdbt 1600 to 0600 www.roadworks.org Dick-Turpin
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9:11pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Gerequois says...

Dick-Turpin wrote:
Gerequois wrote:
Gerequois wrote:
How about some reports on the signs that have appeared on Mead way saying it is going to be closed for *** FIFTEEN DAYS *** ?? Had not seen or heard anything at all about this until the signs went up and it is going to cause absolute chaos.... :(
Looking at the latest sign - it's actually Whitehill way that will be closed from Meadway to Shaw Ridge - no idea why such a long stretch needs to be closed for a 15 day period but the traffic to and from West Swindon is going to be very badly affected if the signs are correct.
The reason is on the roadworks site but the description reads
High impact, delays likely
Location : Withymead Rdbt To Tewkesbury Way Rdbt (Phase 1)
Description : Resurfacing - Major Patching Throughout Route - Works Hrs 0800 to 1800 Mon to Fri Sunday Night Works 11.05.2014 & 18.05.2014 on 5 Ways Rdbt 1600 to 0600
www.roadworks.org
Thanks - as someone who drives along there everyday, the road surface compared to many other parts of Swindon is fine....
[quote][p][bold]Dick-Turpin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gerequois[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gerequois[/bold] wrote: How about some reports on the signs that have appeared on Mead way saying it is going to be closed for *** FIFTEEN DAYS *** ?? Had not seen or heard anything at all about this until the signs went up and it is going to cause absolute chaos.... :([/p][/quote]Looking at the latest sign - it's actually Whitehill way that will be closed from Meadway to Shaw Ridge - no idea why such a long stretch needs to be closed for a 15 day period but the traffic to and from West Swindon is going to be very badly affected if the signs are correct.[/p][/quote]The reason is on the roadworks site but the description reads High impact, delays likely Location : Withymead Rdbt To Tewkesbury Way Rdbt (Phase 1) Description : Resurfacing - Major Patching Throughout Route - Works Hrs 0800 to 1800 Mon to Fri Sunday Night Works 11.05.2014 & 18.05.2014 on 5 Ways Rdbt 1600 to 0600 www.roadworks.org[/p][/quote]Thanks - as someone who drives along there everyday, the road surface compared to many other parts of Swindon is fine.... Gerequois
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9:19pm Mon 28 Apr 14

greenpacer says...

Going back to the M4 the more obvious route is the old London road to Hungerford that meets up with the A4 . It was way back in the sixties it was the A419 now the B4192 ! It IS heading in the right direction and although has a couple of quaint villages should be able to cope just as much as the route via Marlborough.
Going back to the M4 the more obvious route is the old London road to Hungerford that meets up with the A4 . It was way back in the sixties it was the A419 now the B4192 ! It IS heading in the right direction and although has a couple of quaint villages should be able to cope just as much as the route via Marlborough. greenpacer
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