M4 Severn bridge reopens after fatal crash which closed road for 15 hours

Eastbound could soon re-open

Highways England is working hard to re-open the eastbound carriageway of the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge in time for the evening peak. The Second Severn Crossing has been fully closed since a serious incident at 11am this morning in which a lorry left the carriageway and down the embankment after colliding with the central reservation barrier on the westbound approach to the bridge. The bridge was closed in both directions to allow access for the air ambulance and for police to carry out investigations into the incident.

Six hundred metres of central and nearside barrier were damaged in the incident, and Highways England has been working hard throughout the day to release traffic and clear the carriageway of debris. Lanes 1 and 2 of the eastbound carriageway are due to be opened in time for the evening peak, but the westbound carriageway will remain closed overnight for vehicle recovery and barrier repairs. In the meantime, westbound traffic will continue to be diverted via the M48 Severn Bridge.

The M49 has also been closed in both directions and the northbound M49 carriageway will remain closed until the M4 has been reopened westbound. Beverley Mears, South West Operations Manager for Highways England, said: “We have been working hard with our emergency services colleagues to reopen the eastbound carriageway. “With a lane closure still in place eastbound and the westbound carriageway closed, this will have an impact on traffic, particularly around the Almondsbury Interchange, and we advise people to allow extra time for their journeys and to consider alternative routes where possible.

“Due to the extent of the barrier damage and the complex nature of the vehicle recovery, we are unable to open the westbound carriageway and this will remain closed throughout the evening peak.

We will continue to work hard to reopen this as quickly and as soon as it is safe to do so.”

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