Work begins on M4 bus land removal

Work to remove an bus lane to the west of London has begun.

The 3.5-mile lane on the M4 near Heathrow Airport was installed in 1999 - the brainchild of then Transport Secretary John Prescott.

However it was used infrequently and not always enforced, and the current Transport Secretary Philip Hammond announced earlier this autumn that the lane would be suspended until the 2012 London Olympics.

TheHighways Agency started work on Monday, with traffic expected to be able to use the lane later this week.

Mr Hammond said: "Scrapping the M4 bus lane is symbolic of this Government's decision to end the war on the motorist. It ends the injustice suffered by thousands of drivers who sit in traffic next to an empty lane day in day out.

"We will monitor the suspension over the next 18 months, but my intention is to scrap the lane permanently after the London 2012 Olympics are over."

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