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Minister insists reopened M4 is safe

Minister insists reopened M4 is safe Image

The M4 motorway in west London reopened at 5.30am on Friday July 13 after seven days of closure, with some reports suggesting the road may still not be safe.

In response, roads minister Mike Penning has called the claims "scaremongering" and said that people making these suggestions should be ashamed of themselves.

Engineers worked "24/7" to get the road re-opened, said Mr Penning, who passed a message of thanks on to the workers from the Prime Minister.

The road was closed between junctions 2 and 3 for seven days after a crack was discovered on a viaduct. Work on the bridge supports is still ongoing and is due to be finished by Thursday.

It was particularly important that the M4 was open this week, as the road is expected to be busy during the Olympic Games as it is a main route between Heathrow Airport and the Olympic Village.

The crack was first spotted by engineers at a highly stressed section of the bridge. They made the discovery while working on repairs elsewhere on the road, but Mr Penning stressed it was "no accident" that it was found, with the bridge having been "monitored for years".

published: 17/07/2012 17:00:00

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