M25 in chaos with 12-mile tailbacks as fans rush to Spice Girls gig after huge diesel spill shuts Dartford Crossing

M25 rush hour commuters have been left marooned in massive tailbacks after a huge diesel spill shut the Dartford crossing under the River Thames.

The anticlockwise carriageway of Britain's busiest road, which circles London, was shut between junctions 31 and 30 about three hours ago — causing a 12-mile long traffic jam.

Traffic was being taken off the motorway at junction 31, before rejoining at junction 30.

It has since reopened, but drivers have been warned it will take time to return to normal, especially as rush hour commuter traffic adds to the jam.

One motorist complained: "Been sitting on the M25 for almost two hours, mostly static, mostly with my engine off.

"Having made all the phone calls I can.

"Not quite how I saw my Friday panning out."

It comes as tens of thousands of Spice Girl fans head to Wembley Stadium for the second sell out night London residency as part of their world reunion tour.

Highways England later said: "All closures surrounding Dartford J31 tunnels have been lifted.

"Congestion should start to ease as traffic is now flowing."

It added: "Please be aware if travelling across Dartford M25, A282, this evening all lanes have re-opened however there is severe congestion in the area.

"There is approximately 10 miles of congestion back to junction five which is likely to add at least two hours onto usual journey times."

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