Police closed a section of the M3 this morning after a man’s body was found on the road.
The body was discovered around 4.50am on the eastbound carriageway at Junction 3, near Lightwater in Surrey.
The motorway was closed in both directions and did not clear until around 10.45am.
Morning commuters are faced 10 miles of tailbacks and around two hours of delays.
The incident happened at 5.30am on the eastbound carriageway at Junction 3, near Lightwater in Surrey. Pictured is queues forming after the incident
A spokesman for Surrey Police said: ‘We were called at 4.50am this morning to junction 3 (Lightwater) of the M3 where sadly a man’s body was found.
‘It is believed that the body had been there for a number of hours and had not been discovered earlier due to overnight closures.
‘The death is not thought to be suspicious. The man has yet to be formally identified, but his family have been informed.
‘Highways England have imposed a short diversion on the Northbound carriageway of the M3 which passes over the Junction 3 roundabout using the sliproads.
‘Vehicles approaching the junction from Lightwater trying to join the Northbound M3 are being diverted via Junction 4.
‘This is impacting on Northbound and local traffic and drivers are asked for their patience passing through the area.’
Highways England tweeted: ‘Highways England has advised drivers needing to use the M3 to give themselves extra time this morning.
‘Road users heading to J3 from the Lightwater area intending to join the M3 eastbound should go westbound and turn at J4 due to a partial closure on the J3 roundabout.
‘Road users are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and may wish to consider alternative routes.’
‘The event is expected to be cleared between 10.30am and 10.45am.
‘There are current delays of two hours against expected traffic.’