M25 re-opens eight hours ahead of schedule

The section of the M25 London Orbital Motorway that was closed over the weekend reopened eight hours ahead of schedule. The “unprecedented” closure commenced at 21:00 GMT on Friday and the five-mile portion between junctions 10 and 11 was sheduled to be closed until 06:00 on Monday.

However, National Highways re-opened the M25 at 22:00 on Sunday, although some delays were reported BBC Radio Surrey.

Speaking to the BBC, National Highways project lead Jonathan Wade said: “The congestion wasn’t anywhere near as dire as you might expect.”

However, Mr Wade says one of his “biggest concerns” moving forward was that people become “blasé” about further closures and this impacts congestion. Drivers had “taken on board our advice, which reduced traffic levels by over 50% and meant the length of time added to journeys was around 30 minutes,” he said, adding that he was “delighted” the work had been completed early.

“Thank you to everyone for their cooperation that has made carrying out work on this major project to make journeys safer and reduce pollution much easier.”

(Picture – Courtesy PA News)


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