A lane on the M25 will be shut this evening so road resurfacing can take place after “extensive fuel spillage” following a broken down lorry caused hour-long delays.

At 11.43 am today (July 9) The National Highways Agency announced the spillage took place near junction 25, clockwise that led to two of the three lanes being closed until approximately 1.30pm.

The lorry had ruptured its fuel tank and a large amount of it was spilt on lane 1 and the hard shoulder.

A National Highways Agency spokesperson said: “Resurfacing of the hard shoulder and lane 1 will be carried out later this evening, once traffic levels have died down.”

Delays have persisted between junction 25 and junction 23, with congestion increasing from six miles then to eight.

Despite two of the three lanes re-opening, there are still delays of up to 39 minutes, according to Google Maps.

Drivers have been urged to allow extra time for the journey this evening.