At 8am on Friday 7th June there was a fatal accident on the M1 at j34
(Tinsley). The northbound was closed and remained so for most of the
day. Shortly after that accident there was another one, this time on the
A1(M) near Doncaster, between j36 (Marr) and j37 (Warmsworth). Both
accidents closed both carriageways. In both cases the northbound stayed
closed for most of the day.
Traffic on the M1 northbound was soon queuing back to M18 j1. Traffic on
the A1 (M) was also queuing back to the M18, in this case to j2
(Wadworth). Many drivers on the M1N approaching j32 diverted onto the
M18, so soon the whole stretch of the M18 between j1 and j2 was slow
moving or stationary.
The A1(M) tailback soon reached Blyth. Drivers there left the A1 and
headed north on the A614, which soon had a queue from the Bawtry traffic
lights all the way back to Blyth. Some of the traffic heading for the
east left Bawtry on the A614 so there was severe congestion at Hatfield
Woodhouse. Most of the Bawtry traffic headed north towards Doncaster.
Traffic was also leaving the A1(M) at Warmsworth and either heading
through Sprotborough, which soon became very congested, or into
Doncaster. By 4pm Doncaster was virtually gridlocked. To the north of
Doncaster the A19 and the A638 were very congested.
As soon as the queue on the M18 had reached j1 traffic started to leave
the motorway there. Some went along the East Bawtry Road towards the
town, so that road became very congested. Some of the M18 traffic
followed the satnav through the Hellaby Industrial Estate. There was
then a queue a mile long to leave the estate at the northern end. That
traffic then found various routes through the lanes, causing congestion
and damage to trees and walls.
Tell me about it Bill. It took us just over two hours to get from Norton
in Sheffield to Lakeside yesterday mid afternoon. As ever the travel
news on R Shfd was next to useless - they never mentioned the delays
(20mph) on the M18 from 3 to 5. I bet you were fed up with all the
traffic going past your gate?
The worst bit was that whilst they were hammering on about the M1 the
news about the A1 was given minority status and sometimes not even
And at risk of life and limb, you got the junction names on the A1
I'll get my coat..................
Here in West Sussex, every bleeding house seems to have three
cars, at least one of which will be a 4x4 suv type vehicle,
plus caravans and camper vans.
Neighbour has just spent £60K on a new camper van. It's only
for him and his roly-poly wife, no kids, but it's huge.
Weighs just under 3.5 tonnes I think he said. It's parked on
the road in a cul-de-sac along with his Toyota LandCruiser
because they live in a terraced house with no off-road space.
But you have to watch out escaped beasties from the Buffalo
farm that we see on the BBC series about Scottish farmers from
time to time.
On the plus point you have the Aberdeen bypass? that helped
to bankrupt Carillion :-)
But it does have the overwhelming advantage that there are far fewer
irrational right-wing bigots such as yourself, and, unlike England, its
politics is not up shit-creek without a paddle. Of course, we are still
shackled to the corpse that is England, but that may yet change.
except when a local authority refuses permission for
someone to destroy a sand-dune SSI and build a golf
course over it .... then the SNP controlled Scottish
government 'calls in' the planning decision and
Trump then builds his golf course, but oddly not
the hotels and other developments that were meant
to provide employment.
No planning or political system is perfect and fully immune to pressure,
and we weren't the only victims, there have been many others across the
world. If you haven't seen it already, next time it is repeated I
suggest you watch:
"Dark Side of the Greens"
Cardiff would be cold, rainy, windy, Brains bitter, and the
most annoying driving habits in the country (fast, then
slam on the brakes at the last moment).
Latest decision from the Labour controlled gov. is to scrap
the M4 relief road, which would have relieved pressure on
the 2-lane section that goes through a pair of tunnels.
Yesterday, one lane of one tunnel was closed because of
flooding - utter chaos.
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