Drivers told to “stay away from M25” this weekend

Image above:National Highways warning

Weekend closure between Junctions 10-11, both ways

Major traffic delays are expected this weekend in and around the M25 as junctions 10-11 are closed for bridge demolition works and a gantry installation. Motorists are warned to stay away from a five-mile stretch of the motorway in Surrey which will be shut in both directions from 9pm on Friday 15 until 6am on Monday 18 March.

It is the first time the motorway has closed all-lanes in daytime works since it opened in 1986. Normally up to 6,000 vehicles per hour would use the five-mile stretch of the M25 at weekends. National Highways have said the ongoing work will:

“Improve safety and journey times, reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic.”

Jonathan Wade, senior project manager for National Highways advised people to:

“Avoid travelling completely or find something to do at home: decorate the bathroom or something.”

Speaking on The Independent’s daily travel podcast, he said the M25-A3 junction, designed in the 1980s, “simply cannot handle the volume of traffic that it’s currently being asked to to handle… There’s unfortunately a very high collision rate.”

To reduce congestion and the number of accidents, National Highways is increasing the number of lanes, and to enable this, they have to demolish a bridge.

Image above: Closure site; photograph National Highways

National Highways have published the suggested diversion route which more than doubles the usual route on the motorway:

The local diversion route will be in place which is the same for both directions:

Junction 10 –  Junction 11: North bound A3 to Painshill Junction, A245 towards Woking, and then A320 to M25 Junction 11.

Junction 11 –  Junction 10: A320 south towards Woking, A245 towards Byfleet and Painshill junction, Southbound A3 to Junction 10.

Image above: Map of diversion; National Highways

National Highways have said:

“We carefully plan all our closures to limit disruption, but sometimes it’s not possible to carry out all the work that’s needed without a closure. We have planned all our closures to avoid holiday periods and key events in the area.

The work needs to be carried out now to continue the good progress on the delivery of the scheme which is due to open to traffic next summer.”

The A3 was closed last weekend for the demolition of two bridges in the same area of this weekend’s closure.