Traffic for hard shoulder?

The Highways Agency has begun a consultation on controversial plans to use the hard shoulder as a lane for cars and lorries on the M25.

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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.

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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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Swan on M25 causes traffic delays

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Late turn are in and it's raining and cats and dogs, and swans!!Reports of 2 Swans on the #M25.One has been caught by one of our officers!

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#M25 11>>10 no trace of the Swan, 13>>12 off duty RPU on there way home have managed to capture the Swan.

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