Perhaps I’m being overly cynical but there was complete gridlock along the A40 this morning from Polish War Memorial to the Acton lights and it was in large part caused by two short sections of lane closure in critical places (outside lane just approaching the Hanger Lane underpass and inside lane just opposite Homebase at the Acton lights) that didn’t appear to be there for any reason whatsoever!
To me it seemed like a ploy to start keeping people out of London by showing: this is how bad it’s going to get. It succeeded too because the Paddington flyover down to the Marylebone Road and the Marylebone Road itself was completely clear.
Backup route will have to be tried tomorrow, to much chaos coinciding with the first excursions of all the fairweather bikers!
I rode past it heading out and I was in shock. To be fair there was an accident between the Polish War Memorial and Denham exits, but the traffic started badly way before there (I turned on at Greenford heading West). The traffic was just plain stationary, I was very glad not to be filtering through the other way.
On the plus side, I had a wonderful ride out to Bracknell - the A329 west of Virginia Water has some wonderful NSL sections!