M4 westbound re-opens after traffic mayhem M4, A339, A34 near Newbury

Man airlifted to hospital from M4 stretch Reading to Newbury

Jane Meredith


Jane Meredith


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Air ambulance

TRAFFIC mayhem gripped major routes around Newbury this evening (Mon), with the M4 westbound between Reading and Newbury since re-opened. 

The traffic chaos followed a serious accident on the M4 between Reading and Newbury earlier this afternoon and subsequent accidents on both the A34 southbound at East Ilsley and also the A339 at the Swan roundabout near Newbury.

The M4 between Reading and Newbury, westbound, was re-opened at 5.25pm, Thames Valley Police (TVP) have confirmed, after an earlier collision involving a motorbike and car.

All three lanes of the M4 westbound, between junctions 12 (Theale/Reading) and 13 (Newbury/Chieveley) have been re-opened. 

South Central Ambulance Services (SCAS) were called at 2.18pm, when the Thames Valley Air Ambulance landed on the M4. 

A man was airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, with serious multiple injuries, according to the ambulance service.

Two other patients were assessed and treated at the scene.

Later this afternoon, a further accident happened on the A34 southbound at East Ilsley , where the read was blocked by pallets strewn across the carriageway.

The A339 at the Swan roundabout was then affected by another accident, just outside Newbury and near Newtown. 

Congestion on the M4 was earlier reported as far back as Junction 11 (Reading/A33), when diversions were in place via the A4, A339 and A34.

Repercussions on traffic reported this evening on traffic in the area surrounding Newbury included: solid queues of vehicles on the A4 between Newbury and Thatcham, and equally bad traffic problems on the A4 at Midgham.

Other reports include a one and a half hour journey time between Theale and Newbury. 

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