M4 repairs 'completed within days'

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The M4 motorway in west London is closed after a crack was found in a highly stressed part of the bridge supports // The M4 motorway in west London is closed after a crack was found in a highly stressed part of the bridge supports
The M4 motorway in west London is closed after a crack was found in a highly stressed part of the bridge supports
Repair work on the M4 in west London is progressing well and the motorway should open in the next few days, the Highways Agency said.
The repairs, which are taking place on the Boston Manor Viaduct just west of junction 2, were due to be completed on Thursday morning.
But the Highways Agency said the "complex" work is now expected to be completed within the next few days.
Motorists planning to travel into west London using the M4 were advised to continue using alternative routes via the M3 or M40 until further notice.
A Highways Agency spokesman said: "Complex work to repair cracks in the Boston Manor Viaduct on the M4 is progressing well but we are still in the critical phase of the works and the reopening of the motorway between junctions 2 and 3 will only take place when it is safe to do so."
The motorway, which is the main route from London to Heathrow Airport and the West of England, was initially closed between junctions 1 and 3 last Friday after a crack was found in a highly stressed part of the bridge supports. Work is now taking place to repair the crack.
The spokesman added: "Further finishing work will then be required before the road can be reopened." A diversion route is in place via the A4 and A312.
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