A4 roadworks paused for Queen’s funeral

Image above: congestion on the A4 caused by roadworks; photograph Matt Smith

Work should resume from Sunday 25 September

Transport for London have taken the decision to suspend roadworks on the A4 for a week, in preparation for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

LB Hounslow informed local councillors that work to repair the Cromwell Road railway bridge would be be paused from Friday 16 September to Friday 23 September and all lane restrictions are to be removed temporarily.

To facilitate this, there will be a full westbound overnight road closure between Chiswick Roundabout and Hogarth Roundabout from 10.00pm on Thursday 15 September until 3.00am the next day. The pavement on the westbound side of the road,  between Harvard Hill and Oxford Road South, will reopen as planned on Friday 16 September.

Signed diversion routes via the subway at Harvard Hill and the underpass on Wellesley Road will remain in place until then. Works are expected to be reinstated from Sunday 25 September at 10.00pm.

On the day of the funeral (Monday 19 September) the cortege will likely need to travel through Chiswick, past the point of the roadworks, on its way to Windsor Castle after leaving Westminster Abbey. At the moment there are significant delays due to the road being reduced to a single carriageway, near the junction with Sutton Court Road.

Image above: A4 congestion caused by roadworks; photo TfL

Roadworks likely to continue into 2023

The move has been made after concerns were raised by security experts about the likelihood of foreign dignitaries being stuck in traffic on their way from Heathrow to the funeral, who may have been forced to queue for long periods of time.

Government-issued guidance for visiting foreign leaders is to travel in approved coaches from a staging area in west London on arrival at Heathrow, to avoid congestion cause by a succession of presidential, royal or prime-ministerial motorcades.

The roadworks were due to enter a particularly disruptive phase with a lane reduction on the eastbound carriageway, starting on 17 September, while the restrictions on the westbound carriageway continued.

They were planned to finish in September but are now likely to continue into next year.

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See also: Mourning the Queen – some events cancelled, others not

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