Aerial photos show the extent of the massive queue caused by an oil spill on the M25 today (Wednesday, June 22). The incident has led to delays of almost two hours leading up to the Dartford Crossing.
Traffic monitoring service Inrix first reported that congestion was building at just before 11.10am. Its most recent update, at just before 4.35pm, said: “Two lanes closed, severe delays and queuing traffic for 19 miles due to emergency repairs and spillage on M25 clockwise between J2 A2 (Darenth Interchange) and J3 M20 J1 (Swanley Interchange).
“Congestion to halfway back to J27 M11, back over the QE2 Bridge and onto the A13 in both directions back to North Stifford and Rainham. All roads through Lakeside and Purfleet are struggling.
“Travel time is around one hour and 55 minutes. Lanes one and two (of four) are closed and are expected to remain closed overnight, lane three was closed until 4.30pm.”
Meanwhile National Highways has said: “Every effort is being taken to effectively treat the spillage to prevent any need for emergency resurfacing. Lanes have been closed to allow this work to take place safely at the scene.
“There are currently long delays of at least 90 minutes above usual journey times between M25 at J30 (Lakeside, Essex) and the scene. Customers intending on travelling from Essex to Kent via the Dartford Crossing are advised to allow plenty of extra journey time.
“If this closure impacts on your planned route, please allow extra journey time. Plan ahead, you may wish to re-route or even delay your journey.”
Inrix has reported that the affected stretch of motorway may need to remain shut overnight. Scroll down to see the aerial pictures taken by UK News in Pictures.
Article Source: Kent Live