A lorry fire is causing long delays on the A12 this afternoon. 

The route is blocked in both directions between J17 for Howe Green/A130 and J16 for Galleywood/B1007. 

The lorry fire is on the Londonbound carriageway but smoke is blowing across the road. 

This means traffic is also being held on the northbound carriageway. 

There are long delays in both directions. 

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