7-mile queues after car and lorry crash on M25

A crash between a car and a lorry on the M25 caused the road to completely close earlier this afternoon.

All traffic on the clockwise carriageway of the M25 was stopped just before the Bell Common Tunnel in Epping, Essex, following the collision at around 12pm this afternoon (Tuesday, March 16).

The crash caused significant delays and disruption between Junction 26, Honey Lane, in Waltham Abbey towards Junction 27 of the Theydon Interchange in Epping.

This incident caused delays of around 40 minutes and led to 7 miles of very slow traffic between Junction 24 and the Bell Common Tunnel on the clockwise carriageway of the M25.

Signs and signals were set for all traffic to leave at Junction 26 to avoid the closure at the time of the accident.

Traffic was held from 11:55am to 12:40pm in the tunnel while emergency services assessed the accident and recovered the vehicles.

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However, all lanes have since reopened following the crash.

The vehicle that was involved in the crash has also been moved to the hard shoulder awaiting recovery. However, Highways England have advised that there is residual delays on approach to the scene.

Highways England said on Twitter: “Be advised vehicle involved has been moved to the hard shoulder awaiting recovery, there is residual delays on approach, please plan your journey well in advance.”

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys and to allow extra time following the accident.

Essex Live