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Should motorway hard shoulders be closed?

It is now six months since a controversial scheme began to close sections of the hard shoulder on the M25 in Surrey. The Highways Agency says it's helping to ease traffic congestion on the motorway.

But many motorists were against the idea, saying the hard shoulder was vital for safety. So what effect has scrapping it actually had? Malcolm Shaw has been finding out.

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Long delays on motorways as thousands leave for Bank Holiday

There are massive jams on the M25 this afternoon as thousands head away for the Bank Holiday. Long queues mean delays on the entire southern section with two-hour delays from Dartford to Heathrow.

The junction around the M11 is badly hit as well.

Gridlock at the junction with the M3 means many drivers are diverting to the M4. It follows a slow start to the getaway earlier today.

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Minster says "right decision will be made" on Thames Crossing.

It's a route used by more than a hundred thousand drivers a day. The Dartford Crossing is one of the biggest pinch-points for the south-east road network. Today the Government said it will do a detailed study of two final options for a new crossing over the Thames.

But some debate whether it's needed. David Johns reports, speaking to Roads Minister Robert Goodwill and Thurrock Council leader John Kent (Lab).

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