M1 Closure J25-J26 Both Directions, Nottinghamshire. Wednesday 28 January 2015
The M1 in Nottinghamshire was closed in both directions on the morning of Wednesday 28 January between junctions J25-J26 due to a HGV fire.
At approximately 09:33 Nottinghamshire police told our East Midlands Regional Control Centre that they were getting reports of HGV fire on the M1 between junctions J25-J26. Our operators began looking for the incident on CCTV and quickly found the HGV on fire. They relayed the precise location to our Traffic Officers who had already been dispatched and notified the police and fire service too. Our operators set signs and signals to warn you of the fire and our National Traffic Operations Centre in Birmingham set warning signs across the region and further afield warning of the incident. Our National Incident Liaison Officers briefed the local and national media and updated our Twitter followers via our regional Twitter feeds.
Due to the extent of the fire we had to prevent traffic from driving past the HGV. Our operators at our East Midlands Regional Control Centre relayed what they could see from the CCTV images and requested our Traffic Officers joined the M1 at J25 and immediately implement rolling road block. They brought traffic to halt about 400 metres prior to the fire which created a sterile area for the fire service to work. Upon arrival Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service informed us that the vehicle was a tanker carrying animal fats and for safety reasons the southbound carriageway would also have to be closed. At 09:48 our Traffic Officers had closed the southbound carriageway between junctions J26-J25 and our colleagues at Nottinghamshire police were preventing vehicles joining the northbound carriageway from Trowell Services. Another Traffic Officer patrol implemented a second rolling road block on the northbound carriageway from J24 and at 10:02 the northbound carriageway was fully closed.
Signed diversions were implemented in both directions so that you could continue your journeys. Our National Incident Liaison Officers pushed this information out to you via our Twitter channels and via our website. They also ensured the travel media were broadcasting this information on their travel bulletins. The fire service continued to tackle the blaze and had to send a water bowser to the southbound carriageway to assist with additional water. Once the fire was under control we made plans to release traffic trapped between J25 and the incident by allowing it past the scene in lane 4. We would also open the southbound carriageway once the water bowser had left the southbound carriageway. At 10:58 we were able to re-open the southbound carriageway however due to the volume of water and oil on the northbound carriageway; we could not let vehicles travel on this until our contractors had carried out clean-up work to make the road surface safe to travel on. At 11:43 lanes 3 and 4 were cleaned and ready to take the trapped traffic. At 11:47 our Traffic Officers implemented a rolling road block to ensure the traffic was taken past the scene and a safe and controlled speed. Once the trapped traffic had been released we then made plans to re-open the main carriageway so that all traffic could travel past the scene in lanes 3 and 4.
At around 12:38 our Traffic Officers stopped the carriageway just prior to J25 which then allowed our contractors to remove the total closure. Once again a rolling road block was implemented to bring traffic through J25 and past the scene safely. Now that the road had 2 lanes open, our national teams began to push this information out to the media and via our Twitter channels. The strategic signs set across the region and further afield warning of the closure were removed and utilised to reinforce the message that there were still long delays in the area. Our contractors continued the clean-up operation and by 14:00 all lanes were open and the incident was clear.