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.

M1 J11 -J12

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.

M1 at 1400

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.

M1 at 1600


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