A commuter has reacted angrily to delays caused by the late reopening of the M5 this morning. 

An overnight closure was in place on the M5 last night as teams worked to repair the damage caused by a lorry fire early yesterday morning.

The motorway was due to be shut southbound between J5 A38 (Droitwich / Wychbold) and J6 A4538 Pershore Lane (Worcester) from 7pm yesterday evening until 5am this morning while repairs and recovery works were carried out. 

However, crews only reopened the M5 at around 7.30am this morning, with one lane remaining closed for ongoing repairs. 

Joseph Burnett, who got caught up in over an hour's worth of traffic because of the delays, said: "It was chaotic this morning all from Frankley Services into Bromsgrove and right up to Worcester. It added at least an hour onto my journey.

"One lane was coned off for quite a big stretch but much of the damage seemed to have been cleared up, no one seemed to be doing anything.

"And you know what happens when there are long queues and delays, it brings out the absolute worst in drivers with people cutting each other up and switching lanes at the very last second.

"I'm not saying that the traffic could have been avoided, but they could have at least let people know earlier that the motorway wasn't going to be reopened when they had originally said it was."

The hold up in reopening the M5 caused carnage for many commuters journeys this morning. 

Large queues of traffic built up on the A38 and through Pershore Lane as drivers were forced to divert from the motorway into Droitwich. 

Backlogs on the M5 also had a knock-on effect as far as the M42, with large queues building between J1 and J2 in Bromsgrove.

One lane currently remains closed as teams continue with repair works, although traffic is now flowing as normal.