Drivers on the M40 are still facing delays after a lorry carrying gas canisters caught fire early this morning.

The southbound carriageway of the motorway remains closed at junction four, near High Wycombe, while resurfacing work is carried out.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said emergency services were called at about 5.45am following reports of the lorry catching fire.

He said both carriageways of the M40 were closed because the vehicle was carrying gas canisters.

The northbound carriageway reopened at 8.40am, but the motorway is expected to remain closed southbound for several hours, the spokesman added.

No one was injured in the incident and police are now advising motorists to use alternative routes.