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M25 part closed due to damaged bridge joint

National Highways has been forced to close part of the M25, after a defect was found within a bridge joint.

The road is closed clockwise near to Junction 3 in Swanley.

This has led to delays of over 60 minutes with 13km of congestion stretching to the QE2 bridge at Dartford.

National Highways contractors are assessing and carrying out repairs to a damaged bridge joint at Junction 3, where the M25 meets with the M20.

Connect Plus Services (CPS) – made up of Balfour Beatty, Atkins and Egis Road Operation UK – operates and maintains the M25 motorway network, including all adjoining trunk and slip roads on behalf of National Highways.

Unlike National Highway's other 11 regions, the M25 operates under a privately-financed design, build, finance & operate contract.

The cause of the damage is currently unknown. Road users are being diverted via the exit and entry slip roads. The roads operator has encouraged drivers to allow extra times for journeys and consider alternative routes where possible.

There is disruption elsewhere on the motorway with climate activists Insulate Britain defying a court injunction and blocking the M25 for a sixth time, at junction 14 at Heathrow Airport.

This morning 52 people have been involved in Insulate Britain’s two weeks of motorway protests blocked the M25 in breach of the injunction granted by the High Court last Tuesday.

In statements read out last week at the Home Office, the campaigners said they are “more scared of climate change" than "of breaking an injunction".

They said: "There are times when we have to step up and do what is right.”

This morning Insulate Britain spokesperson Liam Norton added: “You can throw as many injunctions at us as you like, but we are going nowhere. You can raid our savings and confiscate our property. You can deny us our liberty and put us behind bars. But that is only shooting the messenger. The truth is that this country is going to hell unless you take emergency action to stop putting carbon into the air.”

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