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Aerial pictures show extent of gridlock on the M25

The M25 in Essex is closed in both directions between J23 (A1) - J27 (M11) clockwise, and J27 (M11) - J25 (Cheshunt) anti clockwise. The carriageway may not fully reopen until 3pm.

Video of work to make it quicker and easier to pay at the Dartford Crossing

The Highways Agency has released a time-lapse video of work to make it quicker and easier to pay the toll for using the Dartford Crossing between Essex and Kent.

The video shows the installation of five new gantries that have been installed at the entrance to the Dartford tunnels and on the Queen Elizabeth II bridge.

The gantries will hold cameras and sensors for the new Dart Charge being introduced in October. That will allow drivers to pre-pay the charge or pay online so they won't need to stop at the toll booths.

The Highways Agency says 170,000 vehicles a day use the crossing and the new system will improve journeys and reduce congestion.

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Lorry fire keeps M25 closed during rush hour

A lorry fire on the M25 in Hertfordshire forced the motorway to close for several hours Credit: Beds, Cambs, Herts Road Policing Unit

Drivers are being warned the M25 anti-clockwise will be closed during Thursday's rush hour after a lorry fire.

The M25 is closed anti-clockwise between junction 23 (access to the A1(M)) and junction 21a (access to the M1).

A lorry carrying cooking oil and foodstuff has overturned, spilling its content – which later caught fire – onto the carriageway.

Emergency services are currently on scene, as well as structures engineers assessing damage to the road and overhead gantry.

A police investigation is underway. The road will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so but the closure is expected to last for several hours, and during rush hour.

Road users wishing to use the M25 anti-clockwise need to exit the M25 at junction 23 and take the A1(M) north; exit at junction 3 and join the A414 west. Take the A405 south and rejoin the M25 at junction 21.

Lorry fire closes M25 for hours

A lorry fire has closed the M25 in Hertfordshire Credit: Bedford, Cambs, Herts Road Policing Unit

Police are advising drivers to avoid the M25 until mid-afternoon after a lorry fire closed the carriageway on both directions in Hertfordshire.

The section between junctions 21a and 23 near the South Mimms services is expected to be closed until 3pm.

Long tailbacks have built up on surrounding roads.

M25 closed in Hertfordshire due to lorry fire

The M25 at a standstill in Hertfordshire after a lorry fire Credit: Highways Agency/Crown copyright

The M25 is closed in both directions in Hertfordshire because of a lorry fire and smoke blowing across the carriageway.

The section affects is between junction 21a for London Colney and junction 23 for South Mimms and the A1(M).

The Highways Agency says the road is expected to re-open from 3:00 pm.

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German lorry driver charged after M25 crash

Ten vehicles including three lorries were involved in the crash on the M25 near Lakeside Credit: ITV News

A German lorry driver has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a ten-vehicle crash on the M25 in Essex.

Anton Maizen, 58, from Darmstadt in Germany, was arrested following a collision on the M25 at near Lakeside on Tuesday 2 April.

He has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving as well as causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was due to appear before Basildon magistrates court on Thursday.

A 79-year-old man from Ilford was certified dead at the scene of the collision. Five others including a child were taken to hospital.

M25, Essex fatal road crash update

The M25 at Aveley between junctions 29 and 30 was fully reopened at 9pm last night, following a fatal collision involving ten vehicles. The collision happened at 12.30pm on the clockwise carriageway and involved four articulated lorries and six cars.

One person, a man in his 70s from east London, was certified dead at the scene. Two people were airlifted to the Royal London Hospital and a number of other people received less serious injuries.

Two lorry drivers were arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. A 43-year-old man from Poland was later released without charge, while a 58-year-old man from Germany remains in police custody.

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