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Motorists are warned to expect severe delays on the clockwise M25 past Uxbridge and the M4 this evening after a five-vehicle smash.

Traffic was held temporarily following the collision between junction 16 for the M40 and junction 17 for the A412 at Maple Cross.

Highways England confirmed three cars and two vans were involved. Three lanes of four were shut past the scene, with traffic tailing back into Surrey towards Heathrow.

We will be bringing you all the latest updates on our live blog.

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Round up

Our traffic monitoring system INRIX is saying:

Queueing traffic on M25 clockwise between J13 A30 (Staines) and J16 M40.

Not helped by an earlier accident.

That’s it from us, have a good evening.

Queues back to J15

Queues back to J15 M4 on the M25 clockwise.

Collision update

All vehicles involved in the collision have been moved to the hard shoulder opening all lanes.

Delays remain significant ahead of the rush hour so make sure to check before you travel.

45-minute delays

Traffic is queuing around 45 minutes longer than usual. Check before travelling home this evening!

Queues back to J16

Delays tail back to J16 following the five-vehicle smash this afternoon.

Two lanes were closed earlier to allow the emergency services to attend the scene.

M25 clockwise delays

There’s queueing traffic due to earlier accident on the M25 clockwise this afternoon.

Three cars and two vans were involved in a collision between J16 M40 and J17 A412 (Maple Cross), with congestion to J15 M4.

Traffic on the M25 clockwise
Traffic on the M25 clockwise (Image: Google Maps)

All lanes have now been re-opened but delays remain significant following the smash.

We’ll be bringing you all the latest on the rush hour delays as we get it.