Motorists experienced long delays when a hotel gas leak caused part of Britain`s busiest motorway to shut down on Wednesday.
The M25 was closed in both direction between junction 12 and junction 14 west of London just after midday. The Fire Brigade ordered the closure after a gas leak was discovered in a hotel in Egham, Surrey.
Vehicles heading clockwise around the London Orbital were diverted past the section onto the M3 at junction 12.
A Highways Agency spokesman said: "The Fire Brigade has imposed an exclusion zone around the the hotel and we're very much in their hands."
The incident began after a report of a gas leak on the premises of the Runnymede Hotel, which was evacuated.
Anti-clockwise traffic on the M25 was being diverted east of the motorway on to the A3044.
A Highways Agency spokesman said: "We managed to get diversion signs up quickly so that helped minimise the disruption. We're hoping that the road will be open again in time for the evening rush-hour."
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