A14 Closure Both Directions, Cambridgeshire, Sunday 01 November 2015
The A14 in Cambridgeshire was closed in both directions between J36 and J32 (westbound) and J32 and J33 (eastbound) on Sunday evening until the early afternoon on Monday due to an incident involving 2 HGV’s which resulted in a shed load. The carriageway remained closed for investigation, recovery and extensive clean-up work.
At 21:47pm on the evening of Sunday the 01 November 2015 our Eastern Regional Control Centre was alerted by Cambridgeshire Police to reports of a collision between 2 HGV’s on the A14 between J36 and J32. The westbound carriageway was closed between J36 and J32 while the eastbound carriageway was closed between J32 and J33. Our Highways England Traffic Officers were dispatched to the scene to assist Cambridgeshire Police and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue service. Upon arrival they reported that 2 HGV’s had collided which resulted in one of them coming to rest on its side. Both loads on the HGV’s including portable toilets and several tons of bottled beer were partially spilt on to the carriageway. Fire and Rescue service worked hard to free a casualty from one of the HGV’s.
A signed diversion via the A11, A505 and M11 was put in place for traffic approaching the closures. At 01:05am the eastbound carriageway was fully re-opened and a recovery and clear up operation was arranged for the HGV’s and partially shed load on the westbound carriageway which remained closed. At 03:34am one of the HGV’s was removed from the central reservation barrier. Once the HGV had been removed it was discovered that there was substantial damage and the remaining load on the trailer had shifted and become unstable. This complicated the recovery operation as the remaining load would also require removal. At 05:04am Cambridgeshire Police advised the second HGV’s trailer had become unstable which was causing the entire vehicle to tilt forward. This required a specialist recovery team which was requested to the scene and due to the complexity of the recovery, removal and clean-up-work of the loads, it was established that the closure would remain in place through the morning rush hour and possibly in to early afternoon.
To warn motorists, Our National Traffic Operations Centre activated the electronic message signage on the A11 and the A14 which are the main 2 roads on the Highways England network that accessed the affected area. Our National Incident Liaison Officers issued real-time updates to our Twitter Followers, published up-to-date information to our website and issued reports and answered questions from the media. In addition our 24/7 Customer Contact Centre advisers were also available and on-hand to provide the very latest travel information over the telephone.
The complex recovery operation continued through the morning and once completed at 11:40am specialist cleaners completed the final stages of the clear-up-work in preparation to fully open the carriageway. At 12:47pm all recovery and clear-up-works were complete and the road was re-opened. Travel media, Social Media Twitter feeds and our Highways England Website were updated and positive Variable Message Signs were set to inform motorists that the road had re-opened.
Highways England would like to thank motorists for their patience during this lengthy incident.
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