Planned closures from junction 12 (Theale) to 13 (Chieveley)

Local traffic is a sore subject of late! We hate to be the bearers of bad news but there’s more to come. The M4 is set to be closed locally on some weekends in April and May – including the Easter school holiday. All traffic will be diverted through Newbury, Thatcham & Woolhampton.

So if you’re planning on driving anywhere on the below dates, be sure to remember the roads will be really, really busy! The advice from Highways England is “please avoid this route or allow extra time where possible”.

M4 Closures, Newbury 2017

Highways England full statement…

“Between February and September 2017 Highways England is undertaking essential repairs to the 2 bridges which carry the M4 over Ashampstead Road and Dark Lane, near Bradfield in West Berkshire. This work will involve road resurfacing, replacing the central reserve deck beams, bridge joints and sections of the safety barrier.

During works to demolish and install the large bridge deck beams Highways England will need to shut the M4 between junctions 12 and 13 on selected weekends, from 9pm Friday to 5.30am Monday.

These closures are currently planned for:

  • Friday 31 March to Monday 3 April 2017
  • Friday 7 April to Monday 10 April 2017
  • Friday 5 May to Monday 8 May 2017

A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A4 (through Newbury, Thatcham and Woolhampton). Please do not follow your sat nav – follow the signed diversion. Significant delays will be expected. Please avoid this route or allow extra time where possible.

The following local road closures are also planned:

  • Closure of Dark Lane beneath the bridge – Monday 6 March to Thursday 4 May
  • Closure of Ashampstead Road beneath the bridge – Monday 13 March to Friday 26 May

For full details of the closures and diversion routes please contact Highways ENgland customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000 or email”

Advice from the Elite Team…

If you’re out and about on these dates, the advice from your friendly, local garage is:

  • check your levels (oil and water) and fill your fuel tank before you leave
  • make sure you’ve got some decent tunes lined up
  • perhaps pack a picnic!!

Take care x