M1 traffic carnage: SIX-mile queues after vehicle fire causes closure of THREE lanes

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The M1 southbound between junctions J18 and J16, near Northampton, is closed due to a vehicle fire. Normal traffic conditions are expected between 11:00 and 11:15 according to National Highways.

National Highways: East Midlands said on Twitter: “Lanes 1, 2 and 3 (of 4) are closed on the #M1 southbound between J17 (#M45) and J16 (#Northampton) due to a vehicle fire. 

“Fire service are on scene and dealing. Traffic Officers are also on scene. 

“There are 6 miles of congestion causing 40 min delays above normal travel time.”

The traffic information account added at 8.55am: “Lanes 2 & 3 have been reopened on the #M1 south between J17 and J16 following a vehicle fire. 

“Lane 1 remains closed due to an oil leak from the vehicle that has run into lane 1. 

“There is currently 6 miles of congestion with delays of 50 mins above normal travel time.”

At the same time, National Highways reported another two incidents causing delays on the M1

A vehicle broke down on the M1 southbound within J29a, closing one of four lanes.

In addition, a vehicle broke down on the M1 southbound between J11 (Luton) and J10 (Luton Airport).

Normal traffic conditions for both the incidents are expected for between 10:15 and 10:30.



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