A two car crash resulted in delays of up to 40 minutes this morning on the A127.

Traffic leaving Southend ground to a halt, with roads blocked as far back as Kent Elms corner.

The accident happened just West of the Esso garage on the Arterial Road, just past Rayleigh Weir.

Police at the scene closed the outside lane, diverting traffic around two cars, one a silver Mercedes and another small white car.