PART of an Essex motorway has been shut near a major airport after three cars were involved in a crash.

Lane one of two is closed on the M11 southbound between junction nine and junction eight near Stansted Airport.

This is due to a crash involving 3 cars, according to National Highways.

Drivers are face delays of up to 40 minutes on approach, with around five miles of congestion. 

All traffic was initially held. AA is currently reporting severe delays and an average speed five mph.