The clockwise closure of the M25 in Essex is going to be a nightmare for drivers this morning and will no doubt add significant extra time to your journey.
– Helen Austin, INRIX
In my experience, it usually takes at least eight hours for a motorway to re-open after a fatal accident like this. In this case, one of the two lorries involved was carrying whisky and caught fire as the vehicles collided.
This means that the carriageway will need to be resurfaced once the accident investigation works have been completed.
The Highways Agency have suggested that the carriageway will remain closed until early afternoon so long delays on the M25 and surrounding routes can be expected. It's therefore advisable to try and find an alternative route if you can.