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Highways Agency: M11 junction 9a northbound and A11 Stumps Cross southbound, both exit slip roads closed for Tour de France

Road users are advised two road closures are in place for the Tour de France Stage three from Cambridge to London today.

The M11 junction 9a northbound and A11 Stumps Cross southbound, both exit slip roads are closed.

Drivers should plan ahead and be aware the East region is expected to be busy and delays are likely.

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M11 now open in both directions after chemical spill

The M11 between Stansted and Harlow has now completely re-opened following a chemical spill last night which closed the road since 5pm Thursday.

The road is now open between junction 7 and 8.

Operations Manager for the Highways Agency Caner Okanay said. "The nature of the chemical involved meant that we had to ensure none of it reached the water course. This meant we had to jet wash the carriageway. We would like to thank drivers for their patience last night and this morning."

Highways Agency hopes to re-open M11 by 9am

The Highways Agency says it hopes the M11 between Stansted and Harlow will re-open by 9am on Friday.

The road has been closed since about 5pm on Thursday when a lorry overturned spilling chemicals.

The northbound carriageway opened at 5.50am on Friday but the southbound stretch was still closed during Friday's rush hour.

The road surface was covered with a chemical foam and at one point firefighters had to impose a 150 metre exclusion zone.

“The nature of the chemical involved has meant that we have had to ensure none of it reaches the water course and so the clean up operation involves jetwashing the carriageway surface and then using gulley suckers to ensure all liquid is removed and can be safely and environmentally disposed of away from the scene."

– Ian Jobson, Highways Agency

M11 still closed after a lorry overturned spilling chemicals

The overturned lorry on the M11 in Essex which spilled acid over both carriageways.
The overturned lorry on the M11 in Essex which spilled acid over both carriageways. Credit: Jayden Purdue

The M11 motorway in Essex is still closed southbound after a lorry overturned and spilled chemicals across both carriageways during Thursday evening's rush hour.

The HGV was recovered overnight but the Highways Agency says a "complex and specialised clean-up operation continues."

There is a diversion in place with southbound vehicles leaving the M11 at junction 8 at Stansted. They are directed along the A120 westbound towards Puckeridge and then the A10 southbound and the A141 towards Harlow where they can re-join the M11 at junction 7.

Drivers should allow extra time for their journeys. The Highways Agency hopes the road will be re-open by 9am. The northbound carriagway opened at 5.50am.

The M11 is closed southbound with diversions via the A120, A10 and A414. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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M11 crash: Fire Service say acid in the spillage

Firefighters are working at the scene of a lorry crash on the M11 in Essex. A lorry has overturned and is now on its side. The lorry has spilled a large quantity of chemicals.

The road has been closed in both directions.

Essex Fire Service say the chemicals have been identified as melamine formaldehyde resin and phosphoric acid. Crews are standing by awaiting scientific advice.

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#M11 RTC: Chemicals have been identified as melamine formaldehyde resin and phosphoric acid. Crews working at scene. http://t.co/rl8C5BPtvY

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M11 shut after lorry crash in Essex

The lorry load of glue that's overturned on the M11 in Essex Credit: Jayden Purdue
The M11 is at a standstill in Essex after a lorry crash Credit: Goldie Sayers

There are long delays on the M11 in Essex tonight after a lorry full of glue overturned closing the road in both directions between J7 A414 / B1393 (Harlow) and J8 A120 / B1256 (Stansted Airport / Bishops Stortford), with congestion on Northbound to J6 M25.

Essex Police say that people near the scene must stay in their vehicles as the fumes are hazardous to health. The road is likely to remain closed late into tonight

Read more: Highways Agency says the M11 could be closed until the early hours of Friday

Read more: Fire Service say acid involved in spillage

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Severe delays and road closed due to spillage of glue and overturned lorry on M11 in both directions between J7 A414 / B1393 (Harlow) and J8 A120 / B1256 (Stansted Airport / Bishops Stortford), congestion on Northbound to J6 M25.

Essex Police say that people near the scene MUST stay in their vehicles as the fumes are hazardous to health. The road is likely to remain closed late into tonight

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