A1 Closure Both Directions, Nottinghamshire. Thursday 24 September 2015.
The A1 in Nottinghamshire was closed in both directions near Markham Moor on Thursday 24 September due to a HGV fire. The vehicle was laden with 30 tonnes of hay and straw bales that took Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service nearly 6 hours to fully extinguish.
At approximately 11:00 our East Midlands Regional Control Centre were sent a log from Nottinghamshire police regarding reports of a significant vehicle fire on the A1 northbound near Markham Moor. This section of the A1 is not routinely patrolled by Highways England Traffic Officers however due to the significant nature of the incident our East Midlands Operations Manager agreed to Nottinghamshire police’s request for mutual aid. Our East Midlands Regional Control Centre notified our national teams in Birmingham of the incident and they began to implement their strategic response. Message signs across the region and further afield were set to inform those travelling to the area of the incident. Our National Incident Liaison Officers ensured the local and national media were aware so that travel bulletins could be broadcast with the most up to date and accurate information. They also utilised all available digital channels such as Twitter and our mobile app so as many of you as possible were aware of the incident.
The specific location of the fire was near Jockey Lane, just north of Elkelsey and the fire service and local police units had already blocked the northbound carriageway prior to the scene . At 11:13 Nottinghamshire police made the decision to close the northbound carriageway at Markham Moor to utilise the strategic diversion. Due to the intensity of the fire and smoke blowing across the road, the southbound carriageway also had to be closed. The fire service at scene reported explosions from the vehicle and requested an escort for a water bowser to attend the scene by heading southbound on the northbound carriageway. There was a significant amount of traffic trapped between the incident and the closure at Markham Moor and Nottinghamshire police worked hard to clear this. Due to the location this was an extremely difficult and protracted task which took until 15:29 to complete.
The road was closed in both directions with a strategic diversion, suitable for all vehicles, in place with local traffic able to negotiate the incident using local routes. The fire service continued to work throughout the afternoon to bring the blaze under control and by this time 2 Highways England Traffic Officers patrols were on both the northbound and southbound carriageways, clearing broken down vehicles that were causing obstructions. Our service provider sent specialist equipment to the scene to help the fire service clear the hay and straw and our national teams kept the media up to date with progress reports. At 17:00 the fire had finally been extinguished enough to allow 1 lane to re-open on the southbound carriageway, with all lanes being open southbound by 19:53.
The northbound carriageway would have to remain closed for the rest of the day for recovery and overnight for emergency resurfacing work to a 50 metre, 2 lane stretch of carriageway. Resurfacing work commenced on the northbound carriageway at 21:45 and was completed by 02:51. The road fully re-opened at 03:49.
Highways England would like to thank motorists for their patience during this lengthy incident.
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