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Hard shoulder will be removed from parts of M25

Now, if you've ever broken down on the motorway you'll know how frightening it can be to feel stranded on the side of the carriageway.

Well, under new plans to convert hard shoulders into extra lanes on two of the region's motorways, drivers will be forced to pull over onto the verge or into the central reservation.

The Highways Agency are to press ahead a year early with removing the hard shoulder on the M25 between junctions 5 and 7. They will allow the lane to be used as an extra traffic carriageway. It's a cheaper alternative to easing congestion - but what's the safety cost?. Mike Pearse reports.

Crane fire causes delays on M25

The fire broke out a short time ago Credit: @depicus

A mobile crane fire is causing problems on the M25 this morning.

Two lanes are closed and traffic is queueing due to the fire clockwise after J1B A282 / A296 Princes Road (Dartford).

The mobile crane is well alight Credit: @depicus

Lanes one and two are closed as the fire brigade attend a mobile crane fire on the hard shoulder.

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M25 swan unharmed and off the road

The swan from the M25 is now in the care of the Swan Lifeline Credit: Swan Lifeline

The swan that has caused delays on the M25 is now in the hands of Berkshire charity Swan Lifeline.

The charity confirmed that the swan was taken by police to the local vets and has sustained no injuries after ending up on the motorway - causing 90 minute traffic queues.

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