The M25 anti-clockwise in Essex will remain closed until late this evening following an earlier lorry fire.
Britain’s busiest motorway is shut between junctions 27 (M11) and 26 (Waltham Abbey) for repairs to the road surface following a lorry fire which broke out on the exit slip road of the latter junction at 4am today.
Emergency services attended the scene the quell the blaze, with the motorway closed in both directions at the time. While the M25 clockwise reopened by 6am and trapped traffic was released, damage to the road surface and leaked hydraulic fluid mean the site of the incident requires resurfacing.
The lorry had been carrying wines, spirits, and car parts. Recovery of the burnt-out lorry was completed and emergency resurfacing work started shortly after 2pm, with repair work also needed on the nearby fencing. Nobody was hurt by the inferno.
There is a clearly signed diversion route in place, whereby drivers taking the M25 anti-clockwise follow the hollow square to taker the M11 south to junction 4, then the A406 North Circular westbound to the A10 to re-join the M25 at junction 25. Drivers taking the M25 clockwise follow the hollow triangle to take this route in reverse.
Dhiresh Bhatt, Network Operations Manager, said: “Our teams are working hard to repair the damage done, as the fire has left the motorway carriageway in need of resurfacing before it’s safe to use again. Please plan your journeys accordingly, set off in good time, don’t wine, and keep you gin up while our colleagues ensure the motorway is made fine and brandy again.”