Three-vehicle collision causes M4 delays

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A COLLISION involving three vehicles caused delays on the M4 this morning.

The incident took place on the M4 Eastbound between junction 24 Coldra and junction 23A Magor at around 7.15am.

A woman suffering from neck pain was extricated from a car by fire crews from Malpas and Maindee.

One lane was closed causing up to 11 miles of traffic but has since reopened. There is routine congestion towards the Brynglas tunnels but traffic is easing, according to Traffic Wales.

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9:09am Mon 24 Feb 14

keithbob says...

same thing every week and almost daily,waiting for the blame bad driver brigade,,,we dont need a new motorway do we,?catch a bus instead!zzzzzz
same thing every week and almost daily,waiting for the blame bad driver brigade,,,we dont need a new motorway do we,?catch a bus instead!zzzzzz keithbob
  • Score: 11

9:18am Mon 24 Feb 14

Bobevans says...

Almost a daily event. Hardly news. This section of the M4 is not up to
Motorway standards and is very badly designed, We will get the same reports of accidents on this stretch next week and the week after
Almost a daily event. Hardly news. This section of the M4 is not up to Motorway standards and is very badly designed, We will get the same reports of accidents on this stretch next week and the week after Bobevans
  • Score: 13

11:20am Mon 24 Feb 14

jerymp says...

keithbob wrote:
same thing every week and almost daily,waiting for the blame bad driver brigade,,,we dont need a new motorway do we,?catch a bus instead!zzzzzz
No doubt the same old excuses " he stopped so suddenly I could,nt avoid running into him I blame the people who designed this motorway it should have more lanes etc,etc"
The standard of driving on this stretch of motorway is appalling, it's crowded with too many junctions,it narrows too two lanes at the tunnels and obviously needs to be treated with extreme caution but too many drivers insist on driving like complete idiots with absolutely no regard for safe stopping distances and sensible speeds.
[quote][p][bold]keithbob[/bold] wrote: same thing every week and almost daily,waiting for the blame bad driver brigade,,,we dont need a new motorway do we,?catch a bus instead!zzzzzz[/p][/quote]No doubt the same old excuses " he stopped so suddenly I could,nt avoid running into him I blame the people who designed this motorway it should have more lanes etc,etc" The standard of driving on this stretch of motorway is appalling, it's crowded with too many junctions,it narrows too two lanes at the tunnels and obviously needs to be treated with extreme caution but too many drivers insist on driving like complete idiots with absolutely no regard for safe stopping distances and sensible speeds. jerymp
  • Score: 10

3:10pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Welsholdgit says...

Yes. Not a week goes by that there is some delay on the M4 between Magor and Cardiff. Cannot afford to build a new motorway (the main artery in and out of Wales), but Cardiff cant how many billion pounds on some cockomamy dedicated tramway system to ease the traffic flow in the city. God help us all if this is the type of imbeciles running the country. Wait long enough andwe will all be back caves while the bloody fools waste more and more public (you and me) money. About time we had a say in what these DoDo's do.
Yes. Not a week goes by that there is some delay on the M4 between Magor and Cardiff. Cannot afford to build a new motorway (the main artery in and out of Wales), but Cardiff cant how many billion pounds on some cockomamy dedicated tramway system to ease the traffic flow in the city. God help us all if this is the type of imbeciles running the country. Wait long enough andwe will all be back caves while the bloody fools waste more and more public (you and me) money. About time we had a say in what these DoDo's do. Welsholdgit
  • Score: 0

3:36pm Mon 24 Feb 14

slimboy88 says...

the traffic was at a standstill when i went from Bettws to town as i wanted to go to ringland, free moving traffic from ringland eastbound and yet the accident was after this again.
the traffic was at a standstill when i went from Bettws to town as i wanted to go to ringland, free moving traffic from ringland eastbound and yet the accident was after this again. slimboy88
  • Score: 1

7:24pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Limestonecowboy says...

No wonder 11 miles tailback when Traffic management thought it a good idea for matrix to show outer lane closed at the Coldra flyover leaving one lane open - the accident was at Llanmartin traffic could of merged there.
No wonder 11 miles tailback when Traffic management thought it a good idea for matrix to show outer lane closed at the Coldra flyover leaving one lane open - the accident was at Llanmartin traffic could of merged there. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 0

7:51pm Mon 24 Feb 14

bluebanana says...

J24 to 23A eastbound is a relatively straight normal stretch of normal motorway. An accident here is nothing to do with the tunnels or the bit between 24 and 29 where the junctions are fairĺy close together and are 'always' accidents. The 'standard' of this bit of motorway between 24 and 23A is the same as any other bit of normal motorway.

Just accept that accidents happen. And its not always the road that is to blame!
J24 to 23A eastbound is a relatively straight normal stretch of normal motorway. An accident here is nothing to do with the tunnels or the bit between 24 and 29 where the junctions are fairĺy close together and are 'always' accidents. The 'standard' of this bit of motorway between 24 and 23A is the same as any other bit of normal motorway. Just accept that accidents happen. And its not always the road that is to blame! bluebanana
  • Score: 6

10:42pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Lizwerry says...

Next time you are using the motorway, try counting the number of skid marks that are on the road for a couple of miles prior to the tunnels on each carriageway. That will will give you an idea of why there are so many bumps there, people drive too close to each other.
Gwent Police have tried to suggest getting white chevrons painted on the road to encourage better spacing of vehicles but it has fallen on deaf ears time and time again. (When I say Gwent Police, I mean the guys and girls on traffic that police the motorway and have got a clue what's going on, not the politicians in HQ)
Next time you are using the motorway, try counting the number of skid marks that are on the road for a couple of miles prior to the tunnels on each carriageway. That will will give you an idea of why there are so many bumps there, people drive too close to each other. Gwent Police have tried to suggest getting white chevrons painted on the road to encourage better spacing of vehicles but it has fallen on deaf ears time and time again. (When I say Gwent Police, I mean the guys and girls on traffic that police the motorway and have got a clue what's going on, not the politicians in HQ) Lizwerry
  • Score: 3

10:51am Tue 25 Feb 14

jerymp says...

Lizwerry wrote:
Next time you are using the motorway, try counting the number of skid marks that are on the road for a couple of miles prior to the tunnels on each carriageway. That will will give you an idea of why there are so many bumps there, people drive too close to each other.
Gwent Police have tried to suggest getting white chevrons painted on the road to encourage better spacing of vehicles but it has fallen on deaf ears time and time again. (When I say Gwent Police, I mean the guys and girls on traffic that police the motorway and have got a clue what's going on, not the politicians in HQ)
We'll said, I,ve suggested chevrons many times but no one seems interested in this cheap possible solution until a new bypass is built.
I don't know who would be responsible for doing this, probably some highway authority but whoever it is should get off their butts and do something practical.
[quote][p][bold]Lizwerry[/bold] wrote: Next time you are using the motorway, try counting the number of skid marks that are on the road for a couple of miles prior to the tunnels on each carriageway. That will will give you an idea of why there are so many bumps there, people drive too close to each other. Gwent Police have tried to suggest getting white chevrons painted on the road to encourage better spacing of vehicles but it has fallen on deaf ears time and time again. (When I say Gwent Police, I mean the guys and girls on traffic that police the motorway and have got a clue what's going on, not the politicians in HQ)[/p][/quote]We'll said, I,ve suggested chevrons many times but no one seems interested in this cheap possible solution until a new bypass is built. I don't know who would be responsible for doing this, probably some highway authority but whoever it is should get off their butts and do something practical. jerymp
  • Score: 0

1:49pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Lliswerry Man says...

Ref this stretch , as others have stated, this is not a bad stretch of Motorway where this particular accident occured.. driver error or vehicle defects or weather. not the road to blame.

Back on track about the M4 section, Chevrons will make litlle or NO difference, traffic officers should travel the country to see Motorways work elsewhere, YOU will be hard pushed to find a 3 lane Major Motorway section such as the M4, that comes down to 2 lanes ( dual carriageway )...... and where you do find it, you will find a higher than average crash history, there is the problem.... 3 into 2 never works, and sadly Newport is full of such stupid junctions...... I blame the Planners/Road Designers both locally and nationally.

Lets not forget, its a Motorway that now carries a LOT more traffic than years gone by, DESPITE the claim by some quarters that it has not, I have been using the m4 for some 25 year plus and in that time have seen a lot more traffic both day and night, a lot more HGV traffic and foreign registered vehicles, the Newport stretch is no different "junction wise" than the stretch past Neath, Swansea , so its not the amount of Junctions joining etc that is the problem... its the pure design of this stretch... not fit for todays Modern throughput of traffic, we are the Pinch Point out of South Wales....... the Welsh Government have a big role in this... and seem to be very blinkered !! as they are about the TOLLS on the Bridges that should now be FREE....
Ref this stretch , as others have stated, this is not a bad stretch of Motorway where this particular accident occured.. driver error or vehicle defects or weather. not the road to blame. Back on track about the M4 section, Chevrons will make litlle or NO difference, traffic officers should travel the country to see Motorways work elsewhere, YOU will be hard pushed to find a 3 lane Major Motorway section such as the M4, that comes down to 2 lanes ( dual carriageway )...... and where you do find it, you will find a higher than average crash history, there is the problem.... 3 into 2 never works, and sadly Newport is full of such stupid junctions...... I blame the Planners/Road Designers both locally and nationally. Lets not forget, its a Motorway that now carries a LOT more traffic than years gone by, DESPITE the claim by some quarters that it has not, I have been using the m4 for some 25 year plus and in that time have seen a lot more traffic both day and night, a lot more HGV traffic and foreign registered vehicles, the Newport stretch is no different "junction wise" than the stretch past Neath, Swansea , so its not the amount of Junctions joining etc that is the problem... its the pure design of this stretch... not fit for todays Modern throughput of traffic, we are the Pinch Point out of South Wales....... the Welsh Government have a big role in this... and seem to be very blinkered !! as they are about the TOLLS on the Bridges that should now be FREE.... Lliswerry Man
  • Score: 0

3:10pm Tue 25 Feb 14

jerymp says...

Lliswerry Man wrote:
Ref this stretch , as others have stated, this is not a bad stretch of Motorway where this particular accident occured.. driver error or vehicle defects or weather. not the road to blame.

Back on track about the M4 section, Chevrons will make litlle or NO difference, traffic officers should travel the country to see Motorways work elsewhere, YOU will be hard pushed to find a 3 lane Major Motorway section such as the M4, that comes down to 2 lanes ( dual carriageway )...... and where you do find it, you will find a higher than average crash history, there is the problem.... 3 into 2 never works, and sadly Newport is full of such stupid junctions...... I blame the Planners/Road Designers both locally and nationally.

Lets not forget, its a Motorway that now carries a LOT more traffic than years gone by, DESPITE the claim by some quarters that it has not, I have been using the m4 for some 25 year plus and in that time have seen a lot more traffic both day and night, a lot more HGV traffic and foreign registered vehicles, the Newport stretch is no different "junction wise" than the stretch past Neath, Swansea , so its not the amount of Junctions joining etc that is the problem... its the pure design of this stretch... not fit for todays Modern throughput of traffic, we are the Pinch Point out of South Wales....... the Welsh Government have a big role in this... and seem to be very blinkered !! as they are about the TOLLS on the Bridges that should now be FREE....
Everyone seems to be in agreement with you regarding the problems with this motorway. It's bad and urgently needs a proper alternative bypass but this will take a long time even after the people in charge have got their act together so in the meantime in an attempt to reduce accidents paint some chevrons. No one says its a perfect solution but in my experience it does work in spacing traffic and in conjunction with signs warning drivers that this particular stretch is hazardous, tailgating is dangerous AND an offence then it can save lives.
[quote][p][bold]Lliswerry Man[/bold] wrote: Ref this stretch , as others have stated, this is not a bad stretch of Motorway where this particular accident occured.. driver error or vehicle defects or weather. not the road to blame. Back on track about the M4 section, Chevrons will make litlle or NO difference, traffic officers should travel the country to see Motorways work elsewhere, YOU will be hard pushed to find a 3 lane Major Motorway section such as the M4, that comes down to 2 lanes ( dual carriageway )...... and where you do find it, you will find a higher than average crash history, there is the problem.... 3 into 2 never works, and sadly Newport is full of such stupid junctions...... I blame the Planners/Road Designers both locally and nationally. Lets not forget, its a Motorway that now carries a LOT more traffic than years gone by, DESPITE the claim by some quarters that it has not, I have been using the m4 for some 25 year plus and in that time have seen a lot more traffic both day and night, a lot more HGV traffic and foreign registered vehicles, the Newport stretch is no different "junction wise" than the stretch past Neath, Swansea , so its not the amount of Junctions joining etc that is the problem... its the pure design of this stretch... not fit for todays Modern throughput of traffic, we are the Pinch Point out of South Wales....... the Welsh Government have a big role in this... and seem to be very blinkered !! as they are about the TOLLS on the Bridges that should now be FREE....[/p][/quote]Everyone seems to be in agreement with you regarding the problems with this motorway. It's bad and urgently needs a proper alternative bypass but this will take a long time even after the people in charge have got their act together so in the meantime in an attempt to reduce accidents paint some chevrons. No one says its a perfect solution but in my experience it does work in spacing traffic and in conjunction with signs warning drivers that this particular stretch is hazardous, tailgating is dangerous AND an offence then it can save lives. jerymp
  • Score: 0

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