BusinessCar Office Blog: 14 August 2007
14 August 2007
Friday 10 August was a black day for anyone travelling clockwise on the southern section of the M25. Following an accident involving two lorries, a van and a car the police...
Friday 10 August was a black day for anyone travelling clockwise on the southern section of the M25. Following an accident involving two lorries, a van and a car the police closed the carriageway just after 07.00.
Returning from a shopping day trip I was heading north up the M20 from Dover in the afternoon and was being warned by the large information boards of an M25 closure between junctions 6 and 7, but not which carriageways were affected. The final board prior to the M26 junction was blank and as the radio reports (few and far between) had filled in the background I naturally assumed the M25 had been re-opened and swung onto the M26. Surely, if the problem still existed the slip road would be closed and I would adopt Plan B and go around the north of the M25 anti-clockwise?
Five minutes later I was stationary, along with thousands of other hapless motorists. Kicking my heels on the carriageway of the M26 for four and half hours in the blazing sun is not my idea of fun. It was 19.00 before traffic started moving again.
The incident raises a few issues.
1) Why did it take so long to re-open the carriageway of one of the busiest sections of motorway in the country when there was just one person injured in the accident?
2) Isn't this type of incident exactly the reason the Highways Agency was set up in the first place?
3) The information boards set up on our motorways at vast expense to the tax-paying public should provide precise, accurate details of incidents.
4) Traffic should be re-routed away from major accidents, not allowed to compound the problem.
Editor, What Van?