The M20 was closed for several hours on October 27th due to a small fire.
The M20 was closed for several hours on October 27th due to a small fire. The road, which runs from London to the south coast of England, is one of the busiest in the country and carries an average of 50,000 vehicles per day. The closure caused huge delays for drivers trying to get home from work, with some spending up to five hours stuck in traffic. This led many people to ask why the road had been closed and what had caused it.
What happened on the M20?
A small fire broke out on the hard shoulder of the M20 just before 6pm on October 27th. The police shut down two lanes and diverted traffic away from the scene while they waited for firefighters to arrive. Once they were there, they were able to put out the fire within half an hour using a hose reel jet and foam. They also checked that there were no leaks or other safety hazards before reopening both lanes at around 7:30pm.
Why was it closed?
In order for drivers not be put at risk by any potential hazards or danger spots created by smoke or water, it is standard procedure for emergency services responding to incidents like this one to close off sections of motorways until they can be sure that everything is safe again. This is because motorways are generally higher than roads and so are better places for fires like this one to spread quickly if left unchecked.