Southbound stretch of M11 expected to re-open after a chemical spillage outside Harlow caused traffic problems through the night

M11 carriageway remains closed after serious chemical spillage

The M11 closure has caused congestion back to Epping Forest

Lorry overturned near Harlow causing traffic problems back to Epping Forest

Clean up operation on M11

Chemical 'penetrated' road according to Highways Agency

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A serious chemical spillage on the M11 yesterday is continuing to cause problems for surrounding areas as the southbound stretch at Harlow remains closed.

A 25-metre section of road and the gulleys of the northbound carriageway were covered with a chemical foam after a lorry overturned at around 5pm yesterday.

The foam started to solidify on contact with the carriageway and also penetrated the surface.

Operations Manager, Ian Jobson said that the Highways Agency has been involved in a 'complicated operation' to clean up the ‘glue’.

At the request of Essex Fire Service a 150-metre exclusion zone was put in place until it could be established that the foam was not releasing toxic fumes.

The Environment Agency were also at the scene until 1am this morning carrying out assessments on environmental impact.

This morning, the northbound carriageway opened at 5.50am.

Drivers are being advised to check the route and plan their journeys in advance, although it is expected to be re-opened at 9am.

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2:13pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Thunderbird4 says...

How does a a very large lorry like that, turn over?
How does a a very large lorry like that, turn over? Thunderbird4
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2:22pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

Police were slow to react.
Police were slow to react. Villagecranberry
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4:08pm Fri 4 Jul 14

topnote says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Police were slow to react.
What a stupid comment Cornbeefur.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Police were slow to react.[/p][/quote]What a stupid comment Cornbeefur. topnote
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12:52pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Anonymous1987 says...

What was their response time cornbeefur??
What was their response time cornbeefur?? Anonymous1987
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1:49pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

It amazes me how many people have no sense of humour these days ... Er...........Chemica
l spill'. Slow to react?' 'Chemical reaction?'

Sorry, suppose people are used to listening to **** and gutter stuff like Russell Brand these days.
It amazes me how many people have no sense of humour these days ... Er...........Chemica l spill'. Slow to react?' 'Chemical reaction?' Sorry, suppose people are used to listening to **** and gutter stuff like Russell Brand these days. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -3

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