Chaos on A34 and M4 near Newbury as bank holiday gets underway

Collisions on both roads

Jane Meredith


Jane Meredith


01635 886637

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Chaos ensued on the A34 and M4 near Newbury as the bank holiday got underway this afternoon (Fri).

The A34 south of Newbury was affected by two road traffic collisions, at around 3pm.

One lane southbound of the A34 was closed, between the Speen and Highclere junctions.

One car was on its side, following a collision involving two cars, in the southbound lanes.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) said a second collision, on the northbound carriageway involved five vehicles. 

No-one was badly hurt, or taken to hospital, according to the ambulance service. Several people were treated at the scene for minor injuries.  

Two fire engines were sent to the scene at 3.03pm from Newbury Fire Station. Firefighters said a Ford Fusion was on its side, with the sole occupant, a woman driver, unhurt. 

Some 14 people were involved in the two collisions, also according to firefighters. 

On the M4 eastbound, at around 4pm today, between Hungerford and Chieveley a large vehicle - believed to be either a caravan, or horsebox, overturned, also according to unconfirmed reports, with several miles of traffic tailing back. 

An SCAS spokeswoman confirmed the ambulance service was not called to the M4 collision.

Update 5.20pm

Two lanes are closed on the M4 eastbound between junctions 14 and 13, due to the above incident, with long traffic tailbacks. 

Update 5.45pm

All lanes on the A34 have been re-opened, with congestion to the A339 junction.

Update 6.40pm 

All lanes on the M4 have been re-opened. 

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