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M1 Closure

Volume 455: debated on Monday 15 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the incident which caused the closure of part of the M1 on Christmas Day. (115152)

Sections of the M1 were closed on Christmas Day due to two serious incidents. The first incident closed the M1 in both directions between Junction 29 and 30 in Derbyshire at approx 15.10hrs. The incident involved a man threatening to jump onto the motorway from an overbridge and it was necessary to close the motorway to ensure the safety of the individual and motorists. There were no casualties and the M1 re-opened at 18.00hrs.

The second incident closed the M1 northbound near Junction 38 in South Yorkshire at approx 18.15hrs. This incident involved a vehicle hitting a hard shoulder barrier, rolling and coming to rest at the central reserve barrier, resulting in a fatality. The M1 re-opened at 22.50hrs following a police investigation.