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M4 near Slough to close this weekend as smart motorway work continues

Drivers are being advised of closures on the M4 near Slough this weekend as part of work to convert it to a smart motorway.

The closure is due to work to lift huge steel beams for the new Riding Court Road bridge into place

The closures will apply in both directions between junction 5 (for Langley) and junction 6 (at Slough) and are due to work to lift huge steel beams for the new Riding Court Road bridge into place.

The motorway will be closed from 8pm on Friday 3 April to 6am on Monday 6 April 2020.

While diversions will be in place – clearly signposted and using the A4 and A355 – Highways England said that traffic volumes on the M4 have significantly reduced as people follow Government advice to stay at home to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Highways England also countered any concerns over work being carried out during the outbreak by saying roadworks affect all journeys which is why it is important they are completed as quickly as possible

A spokesperson added: “Our roads remain open and we will continue to maintain the network, ensuring that life-saving medicine, equipment, supplies and healthcare staff can travel to where they are needed most

“All our sites have strict safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and none of our sites are open to the public.”

The work is part of a project to upgrade the M4 between junctions 3 and 12 to a smart motorway. The Government is pushing ahead with rolling out smart motorways, backed by last month’s publication of an 18-point package of measures intended to redress safety issues. However, motoring and road safety organisations have expressed some concerns.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.