THE CLOSURE has been lifted after the earlier fire on the M40.

Queues were backing up on the southbound carriageway after the van caught fire about 6.30am.

It happened close to junction 6 for Watlington and had closed the exit slip road.

As a result traffic was backed up in the area and queues were back to Thame.

The road was reopened about midday after highway teams cleared the debri and diesel spill.