It was billed as a radical scheme that would transform a frequently gridlocked section of the M25 in Kent and Surrey. But less than a year after its construction the so-called 'smart' motorway is cracking up. Motoring experts say parts of the motorway between junctions 5 and 7 are a hazard to car drivers and truckers. That's after £129m was spent on improvement works. Tom Savvides reports.
Two lanes of the M25 are closed after an involving a lorry, a car and a van.
The accident happened on the clockwise carriageway between J5 M26 / A21 and J6 A22 / B2235 at Godstone.
Drivers are being warned of eighteen months of disruption as road works get underway on the M25 and A13.
The junction connecting the two near Thurrock is being improved. The one hundred million pound scheme at junction 30 will see a forty mile per hour limit introduced on the A13.
One lane remains closed on the M25 clockwise in Kent, between junctions 5 and 6, as repairs continue on the central barrier after a crash yesterday morning.
There are long delays leading all the way back to the M26.
One lane is also closed anticlockwise to fix the barrier, although there are currently no delays.
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Police and firefighters are working to clear up a large diesel spillage after a crash involving two lorries and a van on the M25.
It happened between junctions five and six and affected both sides of the carriageway.
The road was closed earlier but two lanes - one on either side - are now open while work continues to make the area safe. It is believed that no one is trapped.
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.
A stretch of the M25 motorway is closed after one person died in a crash involving several vehicles.
A number of people were also taken to hospital following the accident, which happened at around 1.50am near Waltham Abbey.
The Highways Agency said the motorway is now closed between junctions 23 and 27 clockwise and anticlockwise between junctions 27 and 25. Some parts are expected to remain shut until 3pm.
It has led to long delays on the M25 and heavy traffic in surrounding areas.
Officers investigating a collision on the M25 that left a man with serious spinal injuries are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
The collision involved a black Range Rover Vogue and a blue Peugeot 206, and happened on the anticlockwise carriageway between Clacket Lane services and Junction 5 at about 2.50am on Monday 24 November.
The driver of the Peugeot – a man in his 20s, fractured his spine in two places and is currently being treated in hospital.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact PC Steve Halliwell on 01622 798538 quoting reference 24-0069.
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