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M25 to be closed for entire weekend as £317m bridge is built | UK | News

M25 to be closed for entire weekend as £317m bridge is built | UK | News

The UK’s busiest motorway is set to be closed for an entire weekend for the second time this year.

As work on the £317 million Junction 10 improvement scheme continues the M25 will be shut. 

Announcing the closure a National Highways senior project worker warned motorists only to use the motorway if “absolutely necessary” with the organisation saying to expert “long delays.”

The closure will be between junctions 9 (A243 Leatherhead) and 10 (A3 Wisley) from 9pm Friday, May 10 until 6am on Monday, May 13.

It involves a different stretch from the closure which took place in March – and this time a 19-mile diversion route will be in place which uses the A3 and the A243.

The Highways Agency said: “We expect long delays. We were so grateful to all drivers last time who made the closure a success by avoiding the stretch and completing their journeys in other ways. We urge drivers to do the same again.”

It went on to say that drivers should not follow use their Sat Nav and instead familiarise themselves with the diversion route, that we have included below. 

It added: “If you do have to travel this stretch, please follow the diversion and do not follow your SatNav. 

“Drivers using the signed diversion route will not be subject to any Ultra Low Emission Zone charges that may usually apply. The Ultra Low Emission Zone will remain in force on all other routes in London across the weekend.”

This closure is for the installation of a new bridge consisting of 68 beams, each weighing 16 tonnes, and another four beams weighing 40 tonnes.

Jonathan Wade, National Highways senior project manager, said: “This is far from a repeat of the previous closure, as the alternative routes are longer and will be different for over height vehicles and all other traffic.

“Drivers listened to our advice last time which reduced motorway traffic levels by over two thirds and meant delays were limited.

“Our advice again is please only travel if absolutely necessary and make sure you give yourself extra time if you do choose to use the M25.”

The Junction 10 improvement scheme will see an increase in the number of lanes to make journeys safer and new junction layout to improve traffic flow. 

It will also make it easier and safer to enter and exit the M25 and reduce the pollution caused by traffic jams.

It’s planned that the M25 will be closed for three more weekends this year. There will be no weekend closures in June. The remaining closures will take place between July and the end of 2024. 

Diversion routes:

Diversion route clockwise for all but over-height vehicles:

Leave M25 at junction 8, A217 (Reigate). Follow the A217 London, Sutton, (A240) Kingston. After 3½ miles turn left onto the A240 Epsom, Kingston. After 3 miles at the Esso roundabout, turn right onto the A24 (A240) Kingston. Continue for 3 miles and turn left onto the A3 Portsmouth, Guildford. Continue for 9½ miles to the M25 and re-join the motorway at junction 10.

Diversion route anticlockwise for all but over-height vehicles:

Leave M25 at junction 10 to join the A3 towards London. After 9½ miles at the Hook interchange leave the A3 turning right onto the A240 Epsom, Reigate. Continue for 3 miles to the Esso roundabout and turn left onto the A240 Reigate. Continue for 3 miles then turn right onto the A217 Reigate, M25. After 3½ miles turn left to re-join the M25 motorway at junction 8.

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