M25 Lane Closures Junction 16 Clockwise, Buckinghamshire. Friday 05 December 2014
The M25 in Buckinghamshire had 2 lanes closed within junction 16 clockwise due to an incident involving 2 vehicles resulting in a large diesel spill.
Around 08:45 on the morning of Friday 05 December 2014 an incident occurred within junction 16 (clockwise) of the M25 involving a collision between a HGV and a car. As a result of the impact between the two vehicles the fuel tank of the HGV suffered a fracture and subsequently spilt a considerable amount of diesel onto the road surface.
Our Traffic Officers were first on scene ensuring that those involved were not injured and closed the lanes affected by the spillage. Working closely with Thames Valley Police and our contractors we began to treat the spillage with specialist absorbent. Due to the effects diesel has to the carriageway, an assessment was needed to determine if any damage had been sustained.
Our National Traffic Operations Centre had set message signs across the region and further afield to warn you of the incident and the delays. We set strategic diversion messages advising of alternate routes so as many of you as possible could avoid being caught up in the delays.
After repeated manual treatment of the spill, a road sweeper was requested to scene to increase the capacity of the clean up effort. By 11:00 the sweeper completed its first run and more specialist absorbent was applied by our contractors. At 11:17 the process was repeated and the road swept once again. 2 lanes remained closed. We had contingency measures in place with all the necessary resources, equipment and materials ready to resurface the road should it be required.
12:30 a third treatment of absorbent was applied after the road was once again swept. By doing this, and if successful, a full closure of the road for re-surfacing could be avoided. At 12:52 we were able to open another lane leaving just 1 lane closed. The HGV involved in the incident was recovered around this time.
Our contractors continued to work hard throughout the afternoon to get all lanes open and the absorbent and sweeping process was again repeated for a fourth and final time. This proved to be successful and at 14:45 all 3 lanes were once again available.
The prompt actions at scene and tireless work of our contractors ensured that the M25 was not fully closed throughout the day. We later, overnight between 23:00 and 05:00, re-surfaced the road closing 2 of the 3 lanes to achieve this when traffic would be at its lightest and the impact minimal.
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