M1 Closure J12-J13 Northbound, Bedfordshire. Saturday 14 February 2015

The M1 in Bed­ford­shire was closed north­bound between junc­tions J12-J13 on Sat­ur­day 14 Feb­ru­ary due to a seri­ous col­li­sion involv­ing a coach and a car. Due to the seri­ous nature of the inci­dent, the road was closed for sev­eral hours for police investigation.

At 06:48 Bed­ford­shire police con­trol sent our East Regional Con­trol Cen­tre a log report­ing a col­li­sion some­where on the M1 between junc­tions J12-J13. Ini­tial reports were that 5 cars and 1 HGV were involved. One of our Traf­fic Offi­cer patrols was already in the area and at 06:50 imple­mented a rolling road block from J12 and brought traf­fic safely to a stop prior to the inci­dent loca­tion.  They reported that the inci­dent actu­ally involved a coach and car and it was clear from their ini­tial assess­ment of the scene that this was a very seri­ous inci­dent and the road would have to be closed. Our East Regional Con­trol Cen­tre updated all the emer­gency ser­vices on the loca­tion and sever­ity of the inci­dent and set signs and sig­nals across the region to warn you of the impend­ing road clo­sure. Addi­tional Traf­fic Offi­cer patrols were dis­patched to close the road at J12 whilst or offi­cers at scene con­tin­ued to pro­vide updates to the other emer­gency ser­vices who were still on their way. At 06:58 Bed­ford­shire Ambu­lance Ser­vice arrived on scene closely fol­lowed by Bed­ford­shire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice at 07:06. At 07:15 Bed­ford­shire police arrived on scene and took over­all charge of the inci­dent which then allowed our offi­cers to con­cen­trate on free­ing trapped traffic.

M1 J12-J13 car v coach 1

At 07:18 our Traf­fic Offi­cers had imple­mented a rolling road block and safely bought traf­fic to a halt just prior to J12. They set out their emer­gency traf­fic man­age­ment and closed the road. By this time our national teams had fully appraised the local and national media of the inci­dent ensur­ing that accu­rate infor­ma­tion regard­ing the clo­sure and likely dura­tion were being broad­cast to you. Our National Inci­dent Liai­son Offi­cers pro­vided the full tac­ti­cal diver­sion route through Bed­ford to the media and pub­lished the infor­ma­tion via our web­site and regional Twit­ter feeds. Our National Traf­fic Infor­ma­tion Cen­tre set warn­ing signs across the region and fur­ther afield so that as many of you as pos­si­ble were aware of the inci­dent and could choose to avoid it. They set mes­sage signs advis­ing you to use the A1M, A1 and A14 or the M11 and A14 as alter­na­tive routes. They also set signs to advise the M40 as an alter­na­tive route how­ever another seri­ous inci­dent on that road meant that these signs had to be removed as we never divert traf­fic in to other inci­dents of sig­nif­i­cant delays. At 07:35 our Traf­fic Offi­cers began to turn trapped traf­fic and by 09:08 all cars and small vehi­cles had been cleared. Work con­tin­ued to turn HGVs and all trapped traf­fic was cleared by 09:43.

M1 J12-J13 car v coach 2

Police inves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ued through­out the morn­ing and by 12:27 recov­ery for the vehi­cles was on scene. Our con­trac­tors were allowed to deal with debris and spillages from the inci­dent and we began to make plans to re-open the road. Near the start of the inci­dent we had directed an abnor­mal load to park up within the clo­sure at J12 as it was too long (44 metres) to travel on the diver­sion route. Before we could re-open the road we would have to escort this past the scene so that it would have a head start over the other traf­fic. This would reduce the risk of vehi­cles being stuck behind the load and its escort so close to the inci­dent and pre­vent any unnec­es­sary delays. At 13:49 recov­ery and clean-up work was com­plete and our Traf­fic Offi­cers imple­mented a rolling road block from J11 to remove the traf­fic man­age­ment at J12. At 13:54 all traf­fic man­age­ment was removed and all lanes were now open past the scene. Our national teams fully briefed the media and set mes­sage signs across the region advis­ing that the road had re-opened. Our con­trac­tors con­tin­ued the clean-up oper­a­tion on the hard shoul­der and by around 14:30 this was com­plete. Delays in the area began to clear and con­di­tions returned to nor­mal by around 15:00.

M1 J12-J13 car v coach 3

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