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    Gas leak closes part of the M25

    Gas leak closes part of the M25

    Motorists in Surrey are facing delays after part of the M25 was closed in both directions because of a gas leak.

    The ruptured gas pipe is at the Runnymede Hotel, Egham, near junction 13, where Surrey Fire and Rescue said an exclusion zone was in place.

    The closure is between junctions 12 - the Thorpe Interchange turn-off for the M3, and 14 - for Heathrow Terminal 4.

    Diversions are in place and drivers have been warned the M25 may not reopen until 1600 BST at the earliest.

    The fire brigade ordered the road to be closed in both directions from just after noon.
    A Highways Agency spokesman said: "The fire brigade has imposed an exclusion zone around the hotel and we're very much in their hands."

    Source: BBC NEWS | UK | England | Gas leak closes part of the M25

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    M 25 closed

    That must have been great fun--right next to Heathrow. Google Earth,The Glanty,Egham,TW20 9.UK. Heathrow to the NE.

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    I know just about every inch of that road from junction 11 to 17. Spent quite a lot of my life moving slowly south/north or north/south.

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    M 25 closed again, thursday, for 5 hours.

    Five-hour jam on the M25... fingers crossed for a better bank holiday


    Motorists were stranded for up to five hours and hundreds of travellers missed flights after the busiest section of the M25 was closed following a crash involving a petrol tanker.

    It came before what is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year today, with millions heading off by road, rail and air, for the last bank holiday before Christmas.

    Many left last night in an effort to beat today's jams - only to be caught in one of the worst ever hold-ups on the M25.

    The crash happened at the Redhill and M23 junction at about 4pm. The tanker spilled thousands of gallons of petrol which melted the road surface.

    Police were forced to close the anti-clockwise lanes. Junctions feeding clockwise lanes were also brought to a standstill by traffic forced to divert.

    Charles Wartenburg, 75, from Edenbridge, Kent, was driving home after collecting friends from Heathrow at 3pm. He said: "The traffic was busy anyway, then everything came to a stop, and there we stayed. There was absolutely nothing moving - just gridlocked traffic as far as you could see.

    "It was the worst jam I have ever been in. People had their car doors open trying to keep cool. The journey, which usually takes just over the hour, lasted for five hours."

    A Thomson Airways flight from Gatwick to Antalya in Turkey was delayed by more than two hours after the pilot was stuck in the traffic. Travellers boarded the plane at 6pm only to be told the pilot was still stranded.

    Passenger Joel Kersen, 20, from Watford, was taking his girlfriend Sophie Guest, 18, on holiday.

    He said: "All the passengers were incredibly frustrated. They refused to let us off the plane and we've all been sitting here for hours. People think it's absolutely ridiculous."

    The section of the M25 where the crash happened was highlighted in yesterday's Standard after motoring organisations warned it would be one of the worst congestion hotspots.

    The anti-clockwise section of the motorway remained closed throughout the night for resurfacing work . Watford

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