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Fire in tunnel causing long delays on the M25

A vehicle fire in the Holmesdale Tunnel on the M25 in Hertfordshire is causing long delays. Credit: Highways England Traffic Camera

A vehicle fire in the Holmesdale Tunnel on the M25 in Hertfordshire is causing long delays.

There are queues on the motorway because all traffic is being temporarily held on M25 anticlockwise between junction 26, theA121 for Waltham Abbey and junction 25 the A10 for Enfield.

Traffic queues on the M25 following the fire in the Holmesdale Tunnel in Hertfordshire. Credit: Highway England Traffic Camera

Lorry fire shuts M25 in Hertfordshire during rush hour

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One lane is closed on the M25 in Hertfordshire after a lorry left the road and caught fire last night.

It happened on Junction 17 at Maple Cross around 7.30pm.

A lane is closed anti-clockwise at Junction 18, while the clean up goes on.

It's expected to remain closed through this morning's rush hour and is causing heavy delays.

Police say no one has been seriously injured.

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Long delays on M25 as the QE2 bridge is likely to be closed into the afternoon

Drivers are being warned of long delays on the M25 after a crash on the Dartford Bridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There are long delays on the M25 in Essex as the Dartford Crossing QE2 Bridge is closed because of a serious crash.

Highways England traffic officers are working alongside Kent Police to clear the incident which happened just after 4am this morning.

Traffic is being diverted by using a contraflow through the Dartford tunnels.

Although two lanes are open in each direction and a contraflow in operation through the tunnels delays in the area are severe and drivers are being urged by Highways England to check conditions before they set out and plan their journeys to avoid the area if possible.

The crossing is expected to remain closed until Friday afternoon.

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.

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Man arrested over fatal M25 crash 'in the care of mental health professionals'

A man arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal crash on the M25 in Essex on Tuesday 9 December has been transferred into the care of mental health professionals.

Aerial view of crash on M25 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The 25-year-old was arrested at Princess Alexandra Hospital where he was being treated for injuries he had sustained during the collision.

He will be interviewed at a later date pending the advice of doctors.

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M25 to stay closed in Essex 'for foreseeable future'

The crash is understood to have involved a lorry crossing the central reservation.

At this time we have one confirmed fatality and a number of people who are trapped in their vehicles. There is debris across both sides of the M25 and the motorway will be closed for the foreseeable future while we deal with this collision and begin our investigations to establish what has happened. If it is at all possible motorists are advised to avoid the area and find alternative routes. Nothing will be moving around this portion of the M25 for some considerable time, and the morning rush-hour is likely to be affected.

– Inspector Dick Thomas, Essex Police
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Aerial pictures show extent of gridlock on the M25

The M25 in Essex is closed in both directions between J23 (A1) - J27 (M11) clockwise, and J27 (M11) - J25 (Cheshunt) anti clockwise. The carriageway may not fully reopen until 3pm.

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