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4 lanes merging into 1 lane for no reason

Reported via desktop in the Sign issue (NH) category anonymously at 21:42, Tue 20 December 2022

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4048481.

This happened on 13/11/2022 where I was stuck in a tailback for 30 or so minutes, despite the fact that I was driving in the fastest lane and the left lane was barely moving at all. Once I had gotten near the front of the queue I realised why the left lane wasn't moving: all the traffic from all 4 lanes were told to all move into the left lane and anyone who didn't got flashed by the camera. Thankfully I was let in by a kind motorist, however others were not so lucky and despite desperately trying to move into the lane some of them still got flashed.

I tell you now that If I had got flashed I would not be paying any sort of fine and neither should they. If they are made to pay, that would class as extortion legally speaking (legal term: A common-law offence committed by public services who use their position to take money or any other benefit that is not due to them.) The reason why it would class as "not due" or unjust is because there was NO reason whatsoever that the merge was emplace. All 4 lanes were clear of debris, potholes, bad road conditions, lighting etc… and all 4 lanes then opened back up after the next exit. This in turn led hundreds of cars through the centre of Slough causing chaos and congestion for both M4 commuters and for residents of Slough.

In summary carelessly leaving speed cameras set up to take anyone's picture who passed them led to: >Falsely taking pictures of motorists >Leading mass traffic into the centre of a big city >Causing a huge traffic jam delaying commuters time severely >Causing many more emissions by causing traffic >Causing mayhem, road-rage and chaos on the roads >Risking a collision from high-speed traffic quickly slowing to merge I would like to request that, under the FOI act 2000, you say if anyone from that time was booked for disobeying road rules (due to the blockage,) and that if they were, you have the decency to admit any wrongdoings and offer to repay them. I would have contacted you earlier but had problems accessing the site.

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  • Thank you for your email via fix my street. I'm sorry to hear about the problems you encountered.

    We have taken your FOI request and this will be dealt with in 20 working days.

    Our direct email address is

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by National Highways at 17:04, Thu 29 December 2022

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