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Hard shoulder to open as extra lane on M25

Drivers travelling through roadworks on the M25 between Kent and Surrey will get to use 4 lanes from next week when the hard shoulder opens as an extra lane. From Wednesday morning motorists travelling between junctions 5 and 6 will use the hard shoulder as a permanent extra lane.

John Martin, Highways Agency Senior Project Manager said: "The improvements on the M25 in Kent and Surrey are part of the £1.7 billion of investment into roads in the South East by 2021.

The new smart motorway will provide extra capacity and offer more reliable journeys for the 140,000 drivers that use this stretch of road every day. I'm particularly pleased that the southern section of the M25 has opened well ahead of planned completion this winter.

"Ahead of the opening next week, I would like to ask drivers to get smart and find out more about how to use it, the types of signs and signals they will see and what to do in the event of a breakdown."

Travel : Long delays on M25 due to earlier accident

There are lengthy delays on the M25 clockwise in Surrey between junction 10 for the A3 (Wisley Interchange) and junction 11 for the A317 (Chertsey) due to an earlier accident. It's causing congestion to junction 9 for Leatherhead.

The accident happened at 10:50 this morning and traffic was stopped for a short time to removed vehilces from the outside lane to the hard shoulder.

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Controversial plans to convert hard shoulders into extra lanes

Sections of the one of the busiest motorways in the South will have their hard shoulders removed to make room for more traffic.

The M25 will see its hard shoulders transformed into a 'smart lane' to manage traffic flow and improve journey times.

The motorway areas affected are on the Kent and Surrey border and in Hertfordshire.

It is hoped the improvements will ensure a 'smarter' motorway, enhanced by the latest technology.

Drivers will benefit from 'smart' M25 by end of the year

The M25 will become the countries 'smartest' motorway Credit: ITV Meridian

The M25 will become the 'smartest' motorway in the country.

Two sections of the motorway, opening this month and next, will have the hard shoulder converted into another lane for drivers to use as well as new technology that will manage traffic flow, improving the reliability of journey times.

One section is between Junction 5 and 6/7 on the Kent and Surrey border whilst the other is in Hertfordshire.

The improvements are part of a new, technology-driven generation known as 'smart motorways'.

John Martin, Highways Agency Senior Project Manager said, "Around £1.7 billion is being invested into roads in the South East by 2021.

"Most of the work to improve journeys on these stretches in Hertfordshire and Kent/Surrey is complete and we are now testing the new technology."

Drivers will be able to use the new motorway to its full potential later this year.

Resurfacing begins for M25 in Kent

The Highways Agency will start resurfacing roads in Kent on Wednesday to provide smoother and safer journeys for motorists.

The overnight resurfacing is taking place between junction 4 in Orpington and junction 5 in Sevenoaks.

Sections of the carriageway will be resurfaced and the white lines and road studs renewed.

Weather permitting, the work will be completed by Friday 2th May.

The new surface and cats eyes will provide smoother and safer journeys for the many drivers that rely on this busy route. We have planned to carry out the work overnight, when we know traffic flows are lowest, to minimise disruption.”

– Tommy Whittingham, Highways Agency Asset Manager

The work will be carried out overnight between 10pm and 5.30am, Monday to Thursday, and between 11pm and 6am on Friday nights.

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