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Traffic bulletin: Westbound M26 closed junction 3 to junction 1, Kent

03 September 2013 06:54

Highways Agency

Road users are advised that the westbound M26 in Kent is currently closed between junction 3, at the M20, and junction 1, where it meets the M25 junction 5, following a lorry fire.

The fire happened just after 5am today and Kent Fire and Rescue Service are on scene dealing with incident.

The closure is expected to last throughout the peak period as the lorry was laden with fibre glass reels which need to be removed from the vehicle before the carriageway can be safely reopened to traffic. There are currently delays of 15 minutes in the area.

Drivers heading for the M25 are advised to continue on the M20 and to join the M25 at junction 3, Swanley.

The Highways Agency is working with emergency services to reopen the carriageway as soon as it is safe to do so.


Notes to Editors

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and other strategic roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. Safety at roadworks: The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of road workers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

- Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
- Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

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- On an iPhone app which will automatically select the region you are in. Free to download from the iTunes store or search for Highways Agency on your device.
- From Twitter – there are eight feeds with live traffic information provided by region. For information on roads in the south east region follow us @HAtraffic_seast or for the full index visit

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