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Slip roads linking the M11 and M25 in Essex closed

Drivers in Essex are being warned that two slip roads linking the M25 and the M11 are still closed following a serious crash overnight.

Traffic building up on the M11 southbound close to the M25 interchange in Essex. Credit: Highways Agency

The slip road from the anti-clockwise M25 to the northbound M11 and from the northbound M11 to the clockwise M25 are both closed after a lorry a lorry struck a bridge and overturned just before midnight on Sunday night.

Drivers approaching the closures are being directed to continue to the next junction, where they can turn around and approach the junction in the other direction.

"Signs across the motorway network and on London’s road network have been set to warn drivers of the restrictions, and customers are encouraged to allow extra time for their journeys if they intend to travel in this area on Monday morning."

– Highways Agency

Essex Police are investigating the incident and there is is debris and diesel to clear from the road. The bridge that was struck will also need to be assessed, and the carriageway may need to be resurfaced due to the diesel spillage.


Van driver arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after M11 crash

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a three vehicle crash on the M11.

A van and two cars were involved in the crash on the northbound carriageway near the turning for Saffron Walden on the Cambridgeshire/Essex border.

A 47 year old man from Chatham in Kent died at the scene, three other people were injured.

The driver of the van was taken to hospital but later arrested and bailed pending further enquiries.

The road was closed between Junction 10 at Duxford and Junction 8 at Bishop's Stortford for six hours whilst investigations were carried out.

Overtaking ban for lorries to be considered

The Highways Agency is considering banning lorries overtaking on part of the M11. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

The Highways Agency has confirmed it is considering a ban on lorries overtaking on a stretch of the M11 in Essex.

It comes after Essex county councillors asked for restrictions to be imposed between junctions 8 and 9, near Harlow.

The changes could be implemented later this year.

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.


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. 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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