M25 closure and bridge demolition update given by National Highways as photo shows progress

By Staff

The M25 has been closed for a bridge demolition this weekend and is the first planned daytime closure in the almost 40-year history of the motorway. National Highways has given an update on the progress of the new bridge saying they had made good progress during the first nights of work on Friday and Saturday, and shared an image on X (formerly Twitter).

The M25 has been closed since 9pm on Friday (March 15) with the five-mile stretch of the motorway between junctions 10 and 11 remaining inaccessible until 6am on Monday, March 18 while the new gantry is installed after the bridge is removed. An 11.5-mile diversion route has been created to direct traffic along A roads.

Concerns had been raised that thousands of drivers would be stuck in gridlocked traffic over the weekend during the unprecedented closure on the south west of the orbital route, with one councillor calling it a “nightmare”.

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Congestion reached a peak of two miles on Saturday morning, according to National Highways South-East (NHSE), and the estimated average journey time through the diversion route was 25 minutes.

Amanda Boote, of Woking Borough Council, told the PA news agency that traffic along the new route through the towns of Byfleet, West Byfleet, Woking and Ottershaw was not as bad as feared.

The closed part of the M25 prompted some people to go and take pictures with the deserted stretch of road but some businesses complained that the diversion affected their trade.

Four more daytime closures of the M25 will take place up to September this year with the overall project to increase the number of lanes at junction 10 due to be completed in summer 2025.

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