Our roads are on the edge.
One motorway collision can force 52,000 extra cars and lorries on
to our local roads and cause gridlock.
the problems and potential solutions to our over-burdened routes,
we are putting together an in-depth Commuting Week here at BBC West.
Thirty years ago
The M4 was
built 30 years ago to solve the growing traffic problem of the early
BBC West made
a programme to mark the occasion. A Million Pounds a Mile was transmitted
on 4 January 1972.
The programme features the final linking of the M4 and M5 north
of Bristol with a young Michael Heseltine presiding - and you
can watch it here on BBCi.
Next month, Close-Up West will feature a special programme about
our under-pressure motorway network.
We will be examining the issues of increasing gridlock on our roads
in a series of radio and television programmes and we want your
opinions, stories and experiences.
Do you have an alternative way to travel into work?
Or maybe you are one of the thousands of commuters who get stuck
in the region's daily jams?
and BBC local radio want to feature people who use the region's
We are especially
keen to hear from anyone who commutes by car from the east of Bristol,
using the M4 and M32 during rush hour.
We want to follow you on your journey and see your problems first
E-mail us now
with your views, experiences and memories of the region's motorways.
music in A Million Pounds a Mile Written, composed and
performed (in song and on guitar by I.A. Woods & E.J. Bloomfield.