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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason both carriageways of the M1 motorway were closed in Leicestershire on 29 September; who authorised such closure; and what steps were taken to ensure that the motorway was opened as soon as possible. (98300)

Both carriageways of the M1 motorway were closed between junctions 21 and 20 at about 13.20 hrs on 29 September, as a result of an accident involving two cars. An occupant of one of the cars was seriously injured.

All three lanes of the northbound carriageway were blocked and the southbound carriageway was closed for about two minutes to allow access for the air ambulance. There was no damage to the road infrastructure and the motorway was fully reopened at about 14.50 hrs once the vehicles had been moved to the hard shoulder. A diversion route for northbound traffic was put into operation.

The closure was instigated and subsequently lifted by the Highways Agency's East Midlands Regional Control Centre at the request of Leicestershire Police, who attended the incident.