The M25 has been closed for more than three hours after a lorry unloaded its load and spilled oil on the road.
The motorway has been closed clockwise since shortly before midday (April 19) between Junction 23 for the A1 and Junction 25 for Enfield.
National Highways says the closure is due to a collision near exit 25 that was attended by police and traffic wardens.
Motorway cameras showed debris strewn across the roadway, but the closure was mostly prolonged by cooking oil spilling onto the road and needing to be cleaned up.
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The closure caused delays of over an hour with the worst of the traffic on the M25 – from 3.20pm – approaching closure at Junction 23, with traffic starting to back up towards Junction 21 for the M1.
The National Motorways tweeted at 2.30pm: “The M25 clockwise remains closed between J23 and J25 following a collision and a major spill of cooking oil on all lanes.
“Contractors are working to remove the oil from the roadway. Delays of up to 60 minutes on approach.”
Motorists are diverted from the M25 at junction 23 which is the junction with the A1 and South Mimms services.
Drivers are advised to follow the hollow triangle detour symbol which takes them onto the A1 southbound to London and possibly onto the A406 at Henly’s Corner near Golders Green.
Motorists are then advised to follow the A406 North Circular to the junction with the A10 at the Great Cambridge Roundabout, before taking the A10 to the M25 and joining Junction 25.
People should be aware that this diversion route is very busy, particularly on the A406 North Circular and the A10.
Roads in and around St Albans, Potters Bar, Waltham Cross and Waltham Abbey are also much busier than usual due to the closure of the M25.
The M25 is open anti-clockwise but there are delays as you approach the scene of the incident from across the carriageway.
According to National Highways, the disruption caused by this closure of the M25 is currently expected to last until the evening rush hour – around 6pm.
No exact time has been given for the full reopening of the M25.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-19 14:36:00