Lanes have been shut on a major motorway in Essex this afternoon as emergency services deal with a lorry fire.

Traffic was halted on the M25 clockwise this afternoon as Essex Fire and Rescue crews were called to a lory blaze near Epping.

Three lanes are now closed on the motorway from junction 27 to junction 28 while the emergency services deal with the incident.

Drivers are facing delays of 40 minutes and four miles of congestion on approach to the scene.

A National Highways spokesman said: "Traffic is currently stopped on the M25 clockwise between J27 (M11) and J28 near Epping due to a lorry fire.

"ECFRS are on scene to extinguish fire.

"There are currently delays of 40 mins and approx. 4 miles of congestion on approach to the incident."

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