A MAJOR carriageway has reopened in both directions after a van burst into flames. 

The A27 was closed in both ways at Arundel from the junction with the A284.

Crews from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene to tackle the blaze.

Motorists were urged to avoid the area and to find alternative routes for travel.

The closure caused severe delays, as thousands hit the road amid the bank holiday weekend.

According to an AA traffic report, the average speed was 10mph.

The website read: "There are severe delays of eleven minutes and delays increasing on A27 Chichester Road Westbound between Arundel Road and A284 Arundel bypass.

"The average speed is ten mph."

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