M25 traffic: Drivers warned of potential congestion nightmare with major motorway shutting again

M25 traffic: Drivers warned of potential congestion nightmare with major motorway shutting again

WATCH: Surrey's Commissioner urges calm as M25 fully closes

Felix Reeves

By Felix Reeves

Published: 26/04/2024

- 10:48

A number of diversion routes have been established

Drivers are being warned of major traffic chaos this weekend with a number of high-profile road closures taking place.

Many motorits around the UK may be looking to travel this weekend, although they could be hit with congestion and longer journeys.

On Saturday, April 27, both directions of the M25 between Junctions 27 and 28 will be closed between 10pm and 5am.

National Highways: South East have outlined a diversion route via the M11, A406, A127 and A12.

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M25 traffic

Some drivers could experience traffic issues this weekend


The stretch of motorway will also be closed anti-clockwise between 10pm and 7am, with a diversion in place, taking drivers through the A127, A406 and M11.

It follows motorists being hit with disruptions earlier this morning as a result of overrunning roadworks between J5 (A21) and J6 (Godstone).

The roadworks forced drivers on the M25 clockwise to adhere to the signed diversion put in place, with the delays lasting around one hour.

It comes as drivers on the M25 have been battered by road closures since March as National Highways looks to install a new bridge and gantry.

Between 9am on Friday, May 10, and 6am on Monday, May 13, the M25 will be shut between J9 (A243 Leatherhead) and J10 (A3 Wisley).

The busy carriageway normally carries between 4,000 and 6,000 vehicles per hour in each direction between 10am and 9pm on a typical weekend.

A staggering 270,000 vehicles are estimated to pass through the junction each weekday.

The total cost of the project is set to be £317million as drivers deal with the first scheduled daytime closure of the M25 since it opened in the 1970s.

National Highways have urged drivers to be aware of the road closures to ensure disruptions to their journeys are kept to a minimum over the weekend.

Louise Thomas, motor insurance expert at Confused.com, warned people travelling to popular airports over the coming months that they could be hit with disruptions.

She added: "Not only will this impact those driving in and out of London, but also those heading to Gatwick and Heathrow airports.

“That’s why all drivers in the area are being encouraged to not travel unless completely necessary during this time, especially if it isn’t essential.


The diversion route set for the M25 closure next month\u200b

The diversion route set for the M25 closure next month


"But for those who do need to travel, prepping ahead of your journey could be hugely beneficial."

National Highways are planning three further closures of the motorway before the end of the year.

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