Weekend closure of the M4 in West Berkshire

Road users are being reminded that the M4 will be closed in both directions between junction 12 (for the Theale) and junction 13 (for Chieveley) over the weekend of 12 to 15 May as part of a scheme to maintain two bridges.

The closure, from 9pm on Friday 12 May until 6am on Monday 15 May, is to allow new beams to be lifted into position using large cranes on two bridges that carry the M4 over Dark Lane and Ashampstead Road. Clearly signed diversions will be in place and Highways England is advising drivers to plan their journeys in advance, and to leave extra time.

Replacing parts of the bridge that span both carriageways is a large and complex task, so it is essential the M4 is closed to ensure maximum safety for road users and our road workers. Highways England has worked closely with the local councils, the police and other stakeholders to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum during the work.

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There will be fully signed diversions in place; however as delays are expected drivers are advised to consider alternative routes if possible. Drivers wishing to use the M4 will be diverted via the A4.

Dark Lane and Ashampstead Road are due to be reopened on Tuesday 6 June, weather permitting.

Highways England provides live traffic information via its website (www.trafficengland.com), local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile apps. Local Twitter services are also available at @HighwaysSEAST.