Delays expected on M5 after lorry collides with central reservation

PUBLISHED: 08:08 04 January 2018

Motorists are being warned of delays of up to two-and-a-half hours on the M5 between junctions 18 and 20.

Motorists are being warned of delays of up to two-and-a-half hours on the M5 between junctions 18 and 20.

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Drivers are being warned to expect delays of more than two hours on the M5 this morning (Thursday) due to an incident on Avonmouth Bridge.

Two lanes of the northbound carriageway have been closed after a lorry hit the central reservation barrier between junction 18 and 19 at just before 3am this morning.

The collision pushed the barrier across the northbound carriageway and lanes three and four on both sides of the motorway around the scene were initially closed.

The vehicle has now been recovered and the southbound carriageway reopened, but two lanes northbound remain closed for safety reasons.

Highways England has reported delays of up to two-and-a-half hours between junctions 18 and 20 at Clevdon.

Sean Dowding, Highways England operations manager, said: “We have worked to recover the vehicle, correct and repair the central reservation barrier and reopen the southbound carriageway, and we are now working towards reopening the northbound lanes as soon as it is safe to do so.

“This is likely to have an effect on northbound traffic through the morning peak and we advise drivers to allow extra time for their journeys and to consider alternate journeys wherever possible.”

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