M4 traffic: Queues for five miles after lorry fire closes two lanes

Traffic is queuing for five miles on the M4 motorway this morning (Tuesday, November 30) due to a lorry fire on the motorway.

The fire service was called to the scene at 2:15am, and the fire has resulted in the closure of lanes one and two (of three) of the westbound carriageway as emergency services deal with the incident.

Highways staff are currently doing “emergency resurfacing” work on the carriageway, with the two closed lanes expected to reopen between 9am and 9:15am.

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The fire happened between junctions 18 and 19 of the M4 westbound for Bath and Bristol respectively.

Avon Fire and Rescue responded and used two breathing apparatus, two hose reels and foam to extinguish what the service described as a “well-established fire”.

Traffic was briefly held as the fire was dealt with, and lane three was eventually reopened, but the closure of lanes one and two has resulted in huge queues of traffic on the crucial motorway.

Traffic is almost stationary on the M4 between Bristol and Bath
Traffic is almost stationary on the M4 between Bristol and Bath
(Image: Traffic England)

In a statement, Avon Fire and Rescue said: “Crews from Patchway, Yate, Kingswood and Bath were called to reports of a lorry alight on the motorway at 02:15.

“On arrival, firefighters found one HGV lorry on fire.

“Using two breathing apparatus, two hose reels and foam, crews were able to extinguish the well-established fire.

“The driver of the HGV was on the scene and fortunately, there were no casualties.

“The cause of the incident was deemed to have been accidental ignition.”

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