DELAYS have cleared on the M40 after emergency lane closures, which were in place for much of the day, were lifted. 

Drivers faced 50-minute delays during rush hour this evening, hours after a lorry overturned and closed the carriageway near Banbury

As of 5pm, Highways England said the southbound road near Banbury is 'now clear' following lane closures between Junction 11 (Banbury) and 10 (Brackley / Cherwell Valley Services).

It took some time for miles of congestion to clear but the road now appears to be back to normal. 

Two southbound lanes had been shut for much of the day for barrier repair works, and drivers were advised to avoid the area.

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There were long delays in the aftermath, with all three lanes initially closed, as well as one lane on the northbound side.

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Highways England traffic camera showing traffic at 3.15pm

The crash happened at about 9.40am this morning. 

In a tweet shared at about 11am, Thames Valley Roads Policing tweeted: "Car and truck rolled with central barrier damage.

"There are likely to be lane closures for a few hours for barrier replacement, avoid if possible."

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Police told drivers to expect 'heavy traffic in the area for a few hours'. 

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