M5 to be shut ‘throughout day’ after fuel spill
The M5 is expected to be closed ‘throughout the day’ today for resurfacing and barrier repairs after a lorry crash and subsequent diesel spill at around 3.45am this morning (March 31). The southbound motorway has been closed for around six hours already as operations begin to restore the carriageway. Photos from the scene show a large section of crash barrier has been badly damaged after the HGV hit both the central reservation and the nearside barrier. National Highways: South-West has advised that a closure is in place on the southbound M5 near Stroud due to a collision.
A lorry has also struck the central reservation barrier and a diesel spillage has been reported causing the motorway to need to be resurfaced. The stretch of road affected runs from junction 13 to junction 14. A diversion has been set up via the Solid Circle Symbol, traffic is being directed to the A38 via Whitminster where drivers can rejoin the southbound carriageway at junction 14 at Falfield.
: M5 closed near Stroud as lorry crash causes ‘significant’ diesel spillage – latest updates Traffic information service Inrix has said in its latest update that the route is expected to be closed throughout Thursday while resurfacing work is carried out. The update also says that heavy traffic is being reported on the diversion route through Gloucester and Stroud.
The latest update reads: “M5 Southbound closed, queueing traffic due to earlier accident, a lorry involved, fuel spillage, barrier repairs and resurfacing work from J13 A419 (Stroud) to J14 B4509 (Thornbury / Falfield). Congestion to Gloucester services located between J11 and J12, along the A38 as traffic diverts, with heavy traffic through Gloucester and Stroud. “The road has been closed since around 03:45 this morning and is expected to remain closed throughout the day for resurfacing.
Diversion – via the Solid Circle Symbol, traffic to use the A38 via Whitminster and Falfield to rejoin at J14.”
Traffic on the diversion route at the A38 is very heavy (Image: Travel Somerset)
Due to the sheer volume of vehicles, delays along the diversion route are expected with traffic maps showing high volumes of traffic.
Travel Somerset has said the motorway is not expected to be open until 1.30pm at the earliest.
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