M1 Lane closures J11 - J12 Both Directions, Bedfordshire. Monday 30 November 2015
The M1 had 2 lanes closed northbound and 1 lane closed southbound due to an incident involving a HGV. . The HGV struck and caused significant damage to the central barrier and also ruptured it’s fuel tank spilling fuel onto the carriageway.
At around 06:42 on the morning of Monday 30November Bedfordshire police notified us that they were getting reports of an incident involving a HGV striking the central barrier somewhere between J11-J12 on the M1. Immediately our East Regional Control centre began checking the CCTV cameras in the area. They quickly found the incident on camera and confirmed the carriageway was blocked in both directions. They set signs and signals to warn you of the lanes affected and give those further away warning that there was an incident ahead. Our Traffic Officers were dispatched and we made sure that all the emergency services were informed of the precise location of the incident. We notified our contractors of the incident and requested they send all the necessary equipment to deal with the lane closures, barrier damage, spillages and debris.
Operators at our National Traffic Information Centre in Birmingham set warning signs across the region and further afield to warn you of the incident and delays. They also set strategic warning signs advising of alternative routes so as many of you of possible could avoid being caught up in the delays. Our National Incident Liaison Officers fully briefed the national and local media and pushed the message out to our Twitter followers.
Our Traffic Officers arrived on scene at 06:47 and stopped traffic to allow emergency services to attend the incident. Bedfordshire Ambulance service arrived on scene at 06:51 and assessed the driver of the HGV. Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue arrived shortly after and removed the door from the HGV to extract the driver. The driver was thankfully un-injured and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.
We worked hard with our contractors and partner organisations throughout the morning to re-open lanes and at 07:21 we were able to re-open 2 lanes on the southbound and 1 lane on the northbound after debris had been cleared from the carriageway and traffic management was put in place. Our contractors worked with the recovery services to free the HGV from the crash barrier. Our contractors continued to work hard throughout the afternoon, utilising specialist cleaning equipment to treat the fuel spill. Their efforts meant that the road did not need resurfacing. Due to the significant spillages, debris and the complex nature of the recovery we were unable to fully re-open the road until 18:07.
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