M5 Closure J8 - J11 Southbound, Gloucestershire. Saturday 21 March 2015

The M5 in Glouces­ter­shire was closed on Sat­ur­day 21 March between J8 – J11 due to an over­turned HGV. The scene of the inci­dent was between J9 – J10. The HGV rup­tured its fuel tank spilling 600 litres of fuel across the car­riage­way. This sub­stan­tial diesel spillage and the result­ing lift­ing and recov­ery oper­a­tion neces­si­tated the full closure.

Shortly before 05:40 in the early morn­ing an over­turned HGV was reported by Glouces­ter­shire Police and was reacted to with atten­dance by High­ways Agency Traf­fic Offi­cers and con­trac­tors to assist our Police col­leagues, Glouces­ter­shire Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice and South West Ambu­lance Ser­vice with the ini­tial response. Thank­fully the HGV dri­ver did not sus­tain seri­ous injury, how­ever the inci­dent was to be very pro­tracted due to the result­ing com­pli­ca­tions of the accident.

Incident scene

At 07:15 a deci­sion was taken to close the motor­way from J8 (Stren­sham) to J11 (Glouces­ter) to facil­i­tate the traf­fic flow util­is­ing the exist­ing pre-determined ‘Emer­gency Diver­sion Route’ fol­low­ing the solid square sym­bol via the M50, A417 and A40 routes.

From early stages of this inci­dent it was clearly evi­dent that a pro­longed clo­sure would be required due to the shed load clear­ance, vehi­cle recov­ery oper­a­tion and most sig­nif­i­cantly a require­ment to resur­face the road due to the dam­age to the car­riage­way sur­face. Our con­trac­tors com­menced this oper­a­tion as soon as the HGV was righted and recov­ered and the large amount of debris cleared. A num­ber of plant and recov­ery vehi­cles assisted with this task at the scene.

Dur­ing the late morn­ing and the early after­noon, inevitable long delays began to emerge and our High­ways Agency Traf­fic Offi­cers patrolled the routes and assisted with var­i­ous traf­fic man­age­ment mea­sures to keep the diver­sion route mov­ing flu­idly. Most notably, the M50 J1 west­bound exit slip road was closed. M5 south­bound delays were most promi­nent from J7 near Worces­ter. Through­out the after­noon and into the early evening our con­trac­tors worked as quickly as pos­si­ble to restore the south­bound carriageway.

Resurfacing Operation

At 20:00 fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of resur­fac­ing and white lin­ing the car­riage­way sur­face, the M5 motor­way was fully re-opened south­bound from J8 to J11 includ­ing the south­bound entry slip roads within the clo­sure by our High­ways Agency Traf­fic Offi­cers and contractors.

Through­out this inci­dent, High­ways Agency updated cus­tomers via our web­site www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/ and via our regional twit­ter feeds @HATraffic_swest @HATraffic_wmids.

Did you find this bul­letin use­ful?  We really wel­come your feed­back.  Please click hereto help us. Thank you.