Rush hour motorists stuck on the M25 until the cow comes home

By Gareth Davies
Cow escapes field and shuts M25 during rush hour
Cow escapes field and shuts M25 during rush hour

A cow caused disruption on the M25 during rush hour after escaping from a nearby field.

Surrey Police received several calls from members of the public at around 8.35am on Thursday, reporting that a cow had broken through a fence and wandered on to the anti-clockwise carriageway between junctions 6 and 5 near Godstone.

The motorway was blocked while traffic officers and the farmer worked to move the cow, reportedly called Daisy, back to its field.

Footage from Highways England cameras showed a standoff between the cow and police officers as they attempted to lure it from the tarmac.

With many workers in and around London returning to the office for the first time in almost two years, the roads were busier than then have been for weeks. 

The carriageways were reopened at 9.23am but residual delays of about 30 minutes were reported.

But frustrated motorists took to social media to vent, with one person writing on Twitter: "There are animals just chilling on the M25 … just my luck."

Another wrote: "I’m in standstill traffic on the M25 for the first time. I was just talking about this the other day, how I’ve never been in standstill traffic."

A traffic data journalist for Inrix who saw the incident on highway cameras while at work said: "A cow jumped a fence and got on to the road just after 9am and about 10 police in total were at the scene.

"The police held traffic for about 20 minutes to try to catch it."

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