M4 lane closure following Boxing Day crash

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The weather conditions during the evening and night of Christmas Day saw delays on the M4 and a number of other motorways due to fog. Now, one lane on the Westbound carriageway between junctions 1 and 3 is closed following a collision.

The affected route runs from Junction 1 to Chiswick to Junction 3 for Heathrow, Feltham and Heathrow Airport.

The multi-car collision was reported in the early hours of Boxing Day around 00:30am.

Emergency services including police, paramedics and firefighters arrived on scene shortly after it was reported.

Motorists were advised to take a diversion route to avoid delays with drivers urged to exit the A4 at J1 of the M4 and join the A4 Great West Road.

From here they were then directed to continue on the A4 Bath Road at the roundabout with the A312 The Parkway and take the third exit to head north on the A312 to J3 of the M4.

A spokesperson from National Highways said: “The M4 in Greater London is closed westbound between J1 Chiswick Roundabout and J3 Cranford Parkway Interchange.

“This is due to a multi-vehicle collision. Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and National Highways have units attending.”

An update at 2:15am said that the hard shoulder and lane one remains closed while the other lane has reopened.

It is reported that one lane remains closed due to the recovery for the two vehicles involved in the crash.

National Highways East tweeted at 2:15am: “#M4 Westbound between J1 Chiswick and J3 Heathrow, Feltham in Greater London.

“Road now open however one lane (of two) remains closed for the recovery of two cars which collided earlier.

“Delays should start to ease now.”

One Twitter user tweeted at 2:02am: “We’re in stand still traffic with a six-month-old. Hope they get it moving soon.”

Meanwhile, Inrix, the road and traffic monitoring service stated at 2:24am: “One lane closed due to recovery work and earlier accident on M4 Westbound from J2 A4 Great West Road (Brentford) to J3 A312 The Parkway (Hayes/Heston).”

Alongside existing issues on the roads, wet and icy weather conditions in a number of areas on Boxing Day are set to make driving conditions more challenging.

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Meanwhile, travellers are also seeing delays and cancellations as rail workers strike, which will increase the number of motorists on the roads and border force strikes will see delays at airports and ferry ports.

The AA have issued a traffic warning as Brits take to the roads to take part in Boxing Day shopping and the return of domestic football following the World Cup.

According to the AA, 15.2 million cars are expected on roads in the UK on Boxing Day with a spokesperson saying that traffic is “likely to build around shopping centres as lots of people seek a bargain in the sales, meanwhile football fans will travel to see their teams.

“There is scope for localised traffic congestion and more short trips, but traffic should be dispersed throughout the day as people take their time after Christmas Day.”

The RAC also said that the M25 is thought to be a hotspot for traffic.

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