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'Key roads must be improved' M25 jams harm economy

A new report says congestion on the M25 is so bad the region's economy is at risk and urgent action must be taken.

The report by Highways England found the stretch of motorway between the A3 in Surrey and the M40 in Buckinghamshire had the worst traffic in Europe with more than 220 thousands vehicles using it every single day.

In a highly controversial move it says key roads in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey and Hampshire should be improved to cope with the growing problem.

This report is from our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse.

TRAVEL - ROADS: SURREY Accidents A3 northbound to London

There have been two accidents on the A3. One lane is blocked and there is very slow traffic due on A3 Northbound between A31 Farnham Road (Hogs Back) and Egerton Road (Cathedral Turn).

There is congestion to the A283 / B3001 Elstead Road. Initially there was just one minor accident that had blocked a lane prior to the Cathedral Turn, but a little further behind it, two other couple of vehicles also collided.

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'Devoted husband & father' killed in A3 collision named

Family pay tribute to James Stephenson who died in a collision on New Year's Day

Hampshire Police have confirmed the name of a man who was killed in a collision on the A3 near Liphook on New Year's Day.

James Robert Stephenson, 32, from Liphook was on a bicycle when the accident involving multiple vehicles occurred. It happened shortly after 7.30am. A police investigation is underway into the exact circumstances that led to the crash.

Mr Stephenson's family paid tribute to him:

“James Stephenson was a true family man, married to Lisa with two daughters; Faith aged 3 and Ellie 7 months. He was the second child of Kevin and Caroline, a brother to Claire and Ben, and his sudden premature death has shocked them all.

“He was head chef at Applegarth Farm in Grayshott where he has led the development of the business over the last two and a half years. He was a keen golfer and an avid supporter of Leeds United Football Club.

“He will be remembered for his willingness to always help others and as a wonderful son to Caroline and Kevin, as a devoted husband to Lisa and father to Faith and Ellie.”

– Tribute from James Stephenson's family

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