M11 will be shut ‘for hours’ after serious lorry fire near Cambridge

The M11 will remain closed for “a number of hours” today (Thursday, December 16) between junctions 10 and 11 after a serious lorry fire. Cambridgeshire’s Fire and Rescue Service has said that drivers should avoid the area between Duxford and Cambridge Road as crews extinguish the fire and undertake repair works. There is currently a diversion in place.

Drivers heading northbound should follow the hollow diamond diversion symbol on traffic signs. : Traffic and Travel news around Cambridgeshire More information on diversion routes can be found in our live coverage of the lorry fire.

In a tweet, Cambs Fire wrote: “Motorists are advised to avoid the M11 between junctions 10-11 due to a lorry fire. “Northbound is expected to be closed a number of hours for carriageway repairs after the fire is out and lorry recovered.” The fire, which closed the road at around 6am this morning, has caused congestion all along the M11 between Girton and Great Chesterton.

Through Cambridge – near Grantchester and Trumpington – traffic has been moving at an average of 10mph since the lorry blocked the road further south. National Highways has also warned that the M11 will likely remain closed throughout the morning. In a tweet, they wrote: “The M11 remains closed in both directions between J10 Royston and J11 Cambridge.

The southbound will remain closed until the fire has been extinguished. The northbound carriageway is expected to remain closed throughout the morning. “Traffic within the northbound closure is being turned from the rear of the queue and released back to J10 where it can join the diversion route.

Southbound traffic is being held until the vehicle has been extinguished and will then be released.” The southbound carriageway has since opened, but northbound remains closed. The reason for the lorry fire is as of yet unknown.

Emergency services have been contacted for more information.

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