Earlier this morning, there were also traffic delays due to a crash and oil spillage anticlockwise between Junction 8 at Reigate and Junction 7. Traffic service Inrix said: “Sensors suggest traffic has been released after a hold for around 15 minutes with matrix signs suggesting lanes one and two (of four) remain closed.” The campaign group Insulate Britain has also been calling on the Government to take action on home insulation over the past week and reportedly planned to return this morning at 7am.
However, there has been no sign of protests just yet.
Spokesperson Nathaniel Squire, a 25-year-old osteopath from Redruth, previously said: “Insulating Britain’s homes is a simple step to take to decarbonise Britain.
“Not only is it a necessary step towards achieving the government’s net zero targets but it also helps millions of vulnerable people in Britain.”
National Highways: South East later said there may be congestion due to the oil spillage.
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They wrote on Twitter: “NCIDENT: #M25 J8 #Reigate to J7 #Merstham – Lanes 1 & 2 are closed for an RTC with spillage on the road. @SurreyRoadCops currently have traffic held and #TrafficOfficers are towards.
“Traffic has been released – Lanes 1 & 2 remain closed while we deal with the spillage.
“If you’re travelling #M25 anti-clockwise this morning, please allow extra journey time due to the ongoing incident closing 2 (of 4) lanes between J8 #Reigate and J7. There is approx. 4.5 miles of congestion. Please allow an additional 40 minutes on to your journey.”
It comes after dozens were arrested last week as protests brought disruption to parts of the South East.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is said to have told police to take “decisive” action to crack down on the protests which brought traffic to a halt.
Met Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor previously said: “The actions of this group have significantly impacted the major road network around London.
“Removing individual protesters who have glued themselves to the road or locked themselves on to something is a complex and resource-intensive challenge and we must do this in a safe and effective way.
“It is our view that this behaviour is unsafe and irresponsible, creating risk for themselves, other road users and officers.”
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