M25 Lane Closures J5-J6 Both Directions, Kent. Monday 19 January 2015

The M25 in Kent had 3 lanes closed clock­wise and 2 lanes closed anti-clockwise due to an inci­dent involv­ing a HGV and van. The HGV struck and caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the cen­tral bar­rier and also rup­tured it’s fuel tank spilling a large amount of fuel on the carriageway.

At around 09:53 on the morn­ing of Mon­day 19 Jan­u­ary Kent police noti­fied us that they were get­ting reports of an inci­dent involv­ing a HGV strik­ing the cen­tral bar­rier some­where between J5-J6 on the M25 in Kent. Imme­di­ately our South East Regional Con­trol cen­tre began check­ing the CCTV cam­eras in the area. They quickly found the inci­dent on cam­era and con­firmed the car­riage­way was blocked in both direc­tions. They set signs and sig­nals to warn you of the lanes affected and give those fur­ther away warn­ing that there was an inci­dent ahead. Our Traf­fic Offi­cers were dis­patched and we made sure that all the emer­gency ser­vices were informed of the pre­cise loca­tion of the inci­dent. We also noti­fied Gatwick and Heathrow air­ports as, due to the seri­ous nature of the inci­dent, it was clear there was going to be dis­rup­tion for customer’s des­tined for those air­ports. We noti­fied our con­trac­tors of the inci­dent and requested they send all the nec­es­sary equip­ment to deal with the lane clo­sures, bar­rier dam­age, spillages and debris.


M25 J5-J6 view of scene 2

M25 J5-J6 queue 2

Oper­a­tors at our National Traf­fic Infor­ma­tion Cen­tre in Birm­ing­ham set warn­ing signs across the region and fur­ther afield to warn you of the inci­dent and delays. They also set strate­gic warn­ing signs advis­ing of alter­na­tive routes so as many of you of pos­si­ble could avoid being caught up in the delays. Our National Inci­dent Liai­son Offi­cers fully briefed the national and local media and pushed the mes­sage out to our Twit­ter fol­low­ers.  Sur­rey and Kent County Coun­cils as well as Trans­port for Lon­don were noti­fied and told to expect addi­tional traf­fic on their roads as a result of this inci­dent.  At 10:27 our Traf­fic Offi­cers were on scene and thank­fully were able to report  there were no injuries. This pos­i­tive news enabled us to keep lanes open at scene as the police inves­ti­ga­tion would not require the road to be fully closed. At around 11:10 as a traf­fic man­age­ment mea­sure, our Traf­fic Offi­cers closed The M26 west­bound at J2A to pre­vent traf­fic join­ing the already queu­ing traf­fic on the M25. Due to the sig­nif­i­cant spillages, debris and the com­plex nature of recov­ery, it was nec­es­sary to keep 3 lanes closed on the clock­wise car­riage­way and 2 lanes closed on the anti-clockwise car­riage­way. We worked hard with our con­trac­tors and part­ner organ­i­sa­tions through­out the morn­ing to re-open lanes and at 11:25 we were able to re-open the M26 west­bound at J2A. By 13:55 we now had 2 lanes open in both direc­tions past the scene of the inci­dent and recov­ery of the vehi­cles was com­plete. The traf­fic was mov­ing well in the area and delays were reduc­ing. Work con­tin­ued through­out the after­noon to clear the debris and fuel spill and by 14:43 we had 3 lanes open on the anti-clockwise carriageway.


M25 J5-J6 HGV

M25 J5-J6 damage to van 1


Due to the extent of the bar­rier dam­age and the dam­age the fuel spill had caused to the car­riage­way, we had to keep 2 lanes closed in both direc­tions through­out the evening peak. Our con­trac­tors con­tin­ued to work hard through­out the evening, util­is­ing spe­cial­ist clean­ing equip­ment to treat the fuel spill. Their efforts meant that the road did not need resur­fac­ing and by 20:34 after car­ry­ing out safety skid test­ing 3 lanes were reopened in both direc­tions. Tem­po­rary con­crete safety bar­ri­ers were put in place to enable repair of the per­ma­nent con­crete bar­rier. Due to the low tem­per­a­tures in the area it has been nec­es­sary to leave the tem­po­rary bar­ri­ers in place to allow the per­ma­nent bar­rier time to cure correctly.


M25 J5-J6 barrier damage        M25 J5-J6 barrier repairs

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