Sunday, July 8, 2012

M4 farce: Anger as key Olympic route is closed for five days to fix faults workers discovered FOUR months ago

Business leaders spoke of their anger yesterday after a key section of the M4 was shut to complete repairs in time for the Olympics.

There was astonishment that the closure came four months after a problem was first identified.

The road linking Heathrow and Central London carries thousands of commuters a day and is expected to be closed until Thursday at the earliest.

It is also a key part of the Games’ road network, with reserved lanes allowing athletes and VIPs to avoid traffic queues as they are whisked to events.

Cracks were found in an elevated section of the motorway, between junctions 1 and 3, in March but it was not until four months later that officials decided to close the road so they could be repaired.

The Highways Agency said the motorway was expected to remain closed ‘for up to five days’. Read More