Drivers on the M25 got a shock yesterday morning (Thursday April when they were faced with a cyclist travelling along the hard shoulder of the anti-clockwise carriageway.
Surrey Police say it was reported that the man was initially travelling along the hard shoulder of the anti-clockwise carriageway between junctions 11 and 13. He was escorted off the motorway by Highways England officers and given guidance for an appropriate route.
A short time later the cyclist re-appeared on the slip road of the clockwise carriageway of the M25 travelling in a clockwise direction between junction 13 and 14 before continuing his journey on the spur road to Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport. He was stopped by officers from Highways England and an officer from Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit was called to assist.
The responding officer PC Tom Richardson, said: “As well as cycling along an extremely busy motorway during the rush hour traffic the cyclist would have also crossed motorway slip roads so it is extremely fortunate that there was not a more serious outcome to his trip.
“The act of cycling on the motorway hard shoulder is clearly reckless and dangerous and the man not only put his own life at risk but other road users too. A cyclist coming towards you on your morning commute on the M25 would be completely unexpected and could cause alarm - another example as to why motorists should remain alert and vigilant at all times.”
“If we get reports of people cycling on motorway we will intervene and further action may be taken.”
Martin Crosswell, Highways England Operations Manager said: “Safety is Highways England’s number one priority so it is important that all road users follow the Highway Code and listen to the advice given out to them by our team of Traffic Officers. The actions of this man were irresponsible and could have caused a serious incident.”
A Surrey Police statement says that the cyclist, a man in his 30s, was issued with a £50 fine for contravening a road sign and given words of advice before being taken to a safe location.
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