M69 Closure Southbound between the M1 and J1, Leicestershire. Saturday 29th October 2016

The M69 was closed south­bound between the M1 and J1 due to a traf­fic col­li­sion result­ing in a heavy goods vehi­cle overturning.

At approx­i­mately 03:40 our col­leagues at the High­ways Eng­land East­ Mid­lands Regional Con­trol Cen­tre were made aware of a road traf­fic col­li­sion (RTC) on the M69.

It emerged that a 44 tonne heavy goods vehi­cle car­ry­ing orange juice had lost con­trol and crossed over from the north­bound car­riage­way onto the south­bound, dam­ag­ing 150 metres of cen­tral reser­va­tion bar­rier and over­turn­ing in the process.


High­ways Eng­land Traf­fic Offi­cers and Leices­ter­shire Police arrived on scene and imple­mented a clo­sure on both car­riage­ways while the fire and ambu­lance ser­vice dealt with the inci­dent. Thank­fully there were no seri­ous injuries.

Diver­sions were quickly put into place to route traf­fic around the clo­sure. High­ways Eng­land worked hard with our part­ners and the emer­gency ser­vices to help release those motorists caught inside the clo­sure of the motorway.

Through­out the dura­tion of the motor­way clo­sure, infor­ma­tion was pro­vided to our cus­tomers in real-time via our elec­tronic vari­able mes­sage signs (VMS) at the road­side, the media, on our Twit­ter accounts, the High­ways Eng­land web­sites and to cus­tomers call­ing our cus­tomer con­tact centre.

At approx. 05:15 the north­bound car­riage­way was fully re-opened and a lane was opened past the inci­dent on the south­bound car­riage­way while await­ing the arrival of spe­cial­ist equip­ment to recover the HGV.

High­ways Eng­land and our con­trac­tors then imme­di­ately set about remov­ing the debris and dis­man­tling the cen­tral reser­va­tion, ready for repair work to begin.

At approx. 06:00 a mobile crane and sev­eral JCBs arrived and a full clo­sure of the south­bound car­riage­way was imple­mented between the M1 Junc­tion 21 and the M69 Junc­tion 1.


 The com­plex recov­ery, clear­ance work and bar­rier repairs con­tin­ued through­out the morn­ing and the motor­way was fully re-opened at 11:00.



If you were affected by this clo­sure High­ways Eng­land would like to thank you for your patience and under­stand­ing through­out this event.

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