M25 Closure Clockwise J2, Kent, Thursday, 11 February 2016
The M25 in Kent was closed clockwise due to a serious incident involving a car and a Heavy Goods Vehicle which occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning 11 February. The incident caused a full closure of the clockwise M25 within J2, for the A2 and Dartford with extensive damage to the safety barrier. Due to a serious injury occurring Kent Police had to conduct a full investigation. As a result of the extensive barrier damage a lane 1 closure will be in place for several days to repair the barrier.
On the morning of Thursday the 11th February 2016 at approximately 04:00 hours our South East Regional Control Centre was made aware by Kent Police of a collision between a car and a Heavy Goods Vehicle on the M25 clockwise within J2 for the A2 and Dartford which also resulted in extensive damage to the safety barrier. Our South East Regional Control Centre immediately deployed Highways England Traffic Officers to assist Kent Police and set appropriate signs on all routes towards the location. A diversion was put in place via the exit and entry slip roads.
Upon further assessment of the incident, Kent Police discovered this to be serious and requested the closure of the clockwise carriageway within Junction 2 so they and other emergency services could work safely at the scene and attend to the casualties one of whom had sustained serious injuries. At approximately 05:30 hours all trapped traffic within the closure had been released and Kent Police advised the closure was expected to be in place through the morning peak period as a full investigation would need to be carried out. Information regarding the closure was issued to the South East and East Twitter feeds and a travel report was issued to the media by our National Incident Liaison Officers. As the morning progressed into the peak period delays increased due to the closure while investigation works continued.
Strategic Variable Message Signs were set within a 100 mile radius on all strategic approaches informing our customers of delays. At 09:30 hours Kent Police confirmed their investigation work was complete and vehicle recovery crews had arrived on scene to remove the car involved. Once the vehicle had been recovered our contractors were able to begin clear-up work and assess the barrier damage and source a number of temporary barriers and equipment. Our National Incident Liaison Officers continued to update our customers via incident reports, South East and East Twitter feeds and Breaking News featured on the Highways England website. A press release was also issued by Highway England and Variable Message Signs were updated to remind customers of the closure and severe delays.
At approximately 12:30 hours our contractors commenced work and continued throughout the day lifting and installing 4 lorry loads of concrete blocks to protect the damaged barrier area. As the morning peak period passed delays reduced and we issued tweets to our Twitter feeds with the latest images from the scene.
The work was completed at approximately 16:45 hrs and the carriageway re-opened with a lane 1 closure in place to protect the damaged barrier. A further press release was also issued to the media. The lane 1 closure is expected to remain in place for several days until a replacement section of the barrier can be installed. Due to the barriers unique nature and design our contractors have advised that this will require specialist manufacturing.
Drivers using this section of the M25 over the next week are advised that delays are possible and to plan their journeys to allow extra time.
Throughout this incident, Highways England updated customers via our website www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/ and via our East and South East regional Twitter feed.
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