Two lanes of the M25 were blocked following a crash on the motorway between Reigate and Leatherhead. Eight miles of traffic were reported on the road on Tuesday (January 10) due to the three-vehicle shunt which took place between junction 8 and junction 9.
The crash blocked lanes three and four with Surrey Police and Surrey Fire and Rescue called to the scene. No one was injured in the incident and no injuries were reported.
A spokesperson for the fire service said: "We received a call this morning around 6.25am to a report of an RTC on the M25 between junctions 8 and 9, Reigate to Leatherhead. Three fire engines were sent, arriving at the scene around 6.35am.
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"Three cars and a van had been involved in a collision, resulting in some spillage. The incident was cleared and crews left the scene around 7.05am."
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No injuries recorded in crash
Surrey Police have now given their own statement on the earlier accident.
A spokesperson said they were called to help move vehicles off the road. They added:
We were made aware of a three vehicle collision in lane 4 of the M25 travelling eastbound between junctions 8 and 9 this morning at 6.20am. No injuries were reported and no arrests were made.
Three fire engines sent to deal with crash
Surrey Fire and Rescue service has given an update on the earlier crash, confirming they were involved in the recovery:
We received a call this morning around 06.25am to a report of an RTC on the M25 between junctions 8 and 9, Reigate to Leatherhead.
Three fire engines were sent, arriving at the scene around 06.35am.
Three cars and a van had been involved in a collision, resulting in some spillage.
The incident was cleared and crews left the scene around 07.05am.
Emergency services contacted
SurreyLive has contacted police, fire and ambulance services for further updates on the earlier accident.
We’ll bring you these updates in this blog as soon as we get them.
One lane closed
The traffic woes continue as Inrix now reports as one lane of the M25 clockwise before junction 6 has been closed due to a broken down truck.
There is congestion to Clacket Lane Services and travel time is currently 20 minutes.
Travel time still 45 minutes
Traffic is still heavy on the M25 following the earlier accident with “long delays” reported between Clacket Lane Services and junction 8 of the M25.
Long delays on M25 clockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J8 A217 Brighton Road (Reigate). Travel time is 45 minutes.
Usual delays past Clacket Lane towards J6 (Godstone), then slow from an accident earlier after J8.
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Travel time now under half an hour
Inrix’s latest update is still reporting “long delays” but travel time has now reduced to 25 minutes between junction 5 and junction 6 of the M25.
Traffic cameras show heavy congestion
There are still six miles of traffic on the M25 between junction 6 and Clacket Lane Services following the crash near junction 8.
Traffic cameras show there are still heavy delays on the motorway clockwise today:
“Long delays” still in place
Here is the latest update from Inrix which shows the traffic on the M25 does not look like easing anytime soon, well over an hour since the incident happened:
Long delays and queueing traffic for nine miles due to earlier accident on M25 clockwise between Clacket Lane Services and J7 M23. Travel time is just over 30 minutes. From an accident earlier, a couple of miles after J8 (Reigate).
What we know so far
With all lanes reopened here’s what we know about the incident so far:
- A crash was reported earlier on Tuesday (January 10) with traffic and travel service Inrix reporting a crash had occurred between junction 8 and 9 of the M25
- Lanes three and four were blocked due to the crash
- Emergency services and National Highways traffic officers were on the scene dealing with the incident
- At one stage there were delays of an hour on approach to the incident. This has now reduced to 30 minutes
- All lanes have since reopened on the road but nine miles of congestion is still being reported
Blocked M25 lanes now reopened
In the past few minutes National Highways have reported that all lanes on the affected stretch of road have now been reopened.
Despite this there are still nine miles of congestion leading up to the incident, although traffic time has dropped to 30 minutes according to Inrix.
All lanes are now open on the #M25 clockwise between J8 ( #Reigate ) and J9 ( #Leatherhead ) following an earlier collision. #TrafficOfficers and emergency services have cleared the vehicles involved. There are up to 9 miles of congestion on the approach. pic.twitter.com/eTcEBYsLyy— National Highways: South-East (@HighwaysSEAST) January 10, 2023
Maps shows heavy delays on M25
By looking at Google Maps we can see the extent of the delays on the M25 following the accident with darker colours indicating where traffic is heaviest.
As we can see traffic is obviously heavy on the affected stretch of motorway but the incident is also having an effect on surrounding roads too.
This is a fast-moving situation and already travel time has stretched to an hour because of the crash. The latest update from traffic and travel service Inrix says:
Severe delays and queueing traffic for nine miles due to earlier accident on M25 clockwise between J8 A217 Brighton Road (Reigate) and J9 A243 (Leatherhead).
Congestion to J7 (M23), heavy up the M23 and A23 to Hooley, and delays back along Reigate Hill from J8. Travel time is 60 minutes.
Welcome to our live blog as "severe delays" have been reported on the M25 following a crash clockwise on the motorway.
Nine miles of traffic are currently being reported following the crash between junction 8 and 9 with congestion stretching back to junction 7.