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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.

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Lorry carrying offal overturns on M40 - severe delays

Recovery operation underway Credit: Thames Valley Police

An overturned lorry carrying a load of frozen offal has blocked the M40 Southbound just before junction 6 at Watlington in Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit has said that recovery work is continuing on M40 between junction 6 and 7. Expect severe delays.

Severe delays on M40 Credit: Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit

TRAVEL - ROADS: OXFORDSHIRE J11/M40 lorry fire - recovery underway

Emergency services dealing with lorry fire on M40

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Fatal collision on M40 at Watlington in Oxfordshire

A man has died after the van he was driving was involved in a collision on the M40. The accident happened shortly before 7pm. The crash involved a HGV and a van in lane one of the southbound carriageway between junctions 6 at Watlington and 5 at Stokenchurch.

Junctions 6 to 5 southbound are closed and are expected to remain closed for approximately three hours. There is significant congestion on the M40 and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Signposted diversion routes via the A40 are currently in place.

Officers from Thames Valley Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Perry Knight from Roads Policing based at Bicester, via the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 1300 18/6.

“I am appealing for any witnesses who saw the incident or saw the vehicles travelling prior to the collision to speak to police.

“I would urge motorists to be patient and to bear with us. Although there are diversions there will be a delay so they should take an alternative route if possible.”

– Sgt Carl Kneale, Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing, Thames Valley Police

Family pay tribute to new mother killed in M40 crash

A family tribute for Joanna Bull who has died aged 29 Credit: Thames Valley Police

The family of a new mother who was killed in an accident on the M40, have paid tribute to her. Joanna Bull, nee Pedley, aged 29, died on Friday. Her 5-week-old daughter, who was travelling with her, was airlifted to hospital.

In a statement released through the police, Joanna Bull's family said:

“Jo, who was tragically killed in a car accident, was a loving wife, mum, daughter, sister, grand daughter, niece and friend to so many and loved by all who knew her.

“She died on her way to visit her mum Teresa, with her five week old daughter Ruby, to meet newborn cousin Harry (11/06/2014) for the first time, and to have a catch up with big sister Soph, and niece Nelly aged two.

“Jo was vibrant, beautiful, and caring in so many ways. A girl who added zest to a room and who had found true love and happiness with her husband of just one year, Dave.

“To have her taken from her family at such a happy time is utterly unbearable.

“Jo, we never had the chance to say a proper goodbye, but we will never forget how much fun and laughter you brought into all our lives, you will remain in our hearts and memories always.”

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