As many of you will know, the M4 is a major motorway within the United Kingdom that many people use on a daily basis. After certain instabilities were found in elevated areas, weight restrictions were imposed to ensure that these instabilities were not dangerous.
It was planned that this restriction would be imposed until the appropriate repairs could be completed. Instead of this being a reality, the M4 between Heathrow and London had to be closed on Friday night due to these weaknesses, and remains closed at this time.
This has led to fears that this major road network will not be ready for the massively increased traffic that it will receive during the London 2012 Olympic Games (which are only 20 days away). Heathrow airport is one of the main transport links to the games, and the M4 is the road connecting this to London, where the majority of the games are being held.
The safety of the road is also being questioned, as the same road was closed less than a week before Christmas last year.
A highways agency spokesman, Jon Caldwell, said the following about the repairs: ‘We need do it now so that it’s all completed for when the Olympic traffic starts’. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said that it was essential that the repairs were completed ‘as quickly as possible’ to ensure that they were ready for the start of the Olympics.
With the reliability of this major road in question and the Olympic games days away, will the road be ready in time?
What do you think about the road closure? Do you think the road is safe enough for the Olympic traffic to use?
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