M1 Closure J21a - J22 Both Directions, Leicestershire. Tuesday 25 November 2014
The M1 was closed in both directions between junctions J21A-J22 on 25 November due to a serious incident involving a HGV that crossed from the southbound carriageway on to the northbound carriageway.
At 18:43 on Tuesday November 25 our East Midlands Regional Control Centre was notified of a serious incident involving a HGV between junctions J21A-J22. Reports suggested the HGV had crossed from the southbound carriageway on to the northbound carriageway and had collided with several vehicles. Our Traffic Officers were immediately dispatched to the scene and our Control Centre Officers set signs and signals to warn drivers of the incident. At 18:53 Leicestershire Police confirmed that due to the seriousness of the incident, they needed the motorway to be closed in both directions J21A-J22. At 19:15 our Traffic Officers had closed both carriageways and a diversion via the A46 and A50 was implemented. Our National Traffic Control Centre set strategic signs across the region and further afield to warn drivers of the closures. Our National Incident Liaison Officers briefed the travel media with an overview of the incident and provided them with diversion details for their broadcasts. Our National Incident Liaison Officers also used social media to push this important information out to as many of you as possible.
Whilst Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Leicestershire Ambulance Service worked at the scene, our Traffic Officers began to turn traffic that was trapped prior to the incident. This is a very complex task to undertake so had to be done carefully, with approximately fifteen vehicles being turned at any one time. There were several hundred vehicles that had to be turned and it was not until 23:10 that all trapped traffic was clear. There was significant central barrier damage and a large diesel spill across all the lanes. Immediate barrier repairs and resurfacing work had to be undertaken by our contractors as soon as the police investigation was complete. At around 03:40 the recovery, clean up and carriageway repair works began. At 04:30 the southbound carriageway re-opened. Our contractors worked hard throughout the morning to resurface all 3 lanes and the hard shoulder of the northbound carriageway. A 300 metre stretch of road was damaged by the incident which contributed significantly to the length of time the road was closed. At 13:15 the northbound carriageway re-opened. Lane 3 remained closed in both directions for on-going central barrier repairs which were completed by 14:10.
Delays caused by this incident peaked at 90 minutes above normal journey times.
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