THE M1, M4, M25 A1, M6, M180, A5, A52, A19 & A46 ALL CLOSED TO TRAFFIC
12th September 2018
ALL MAJOR TRANSPORT ROAD ARTERIES CLOSED FOR REPAIRS ON MONDAY NIGHT
But it was the M1 that affected your’s truly.
Checking the routes from London to the North and fearing the worst, plus heavy rain forecast.
We left the Lodge in Heston after an afternoon sleep at 11pm and set off.
First the M4 West to the M25 was reduced to single lane and the the M25 was completely closed at Junction 20.
Unannounced of course!
We all convoyed off the Motorway following the “DIVERSION” signs to Watford only for a lorry in front to notice that the slip road back on to the M25 was not closed.
He took it and we followed – It was the Hard Shoulder that had been left open and we took it.
Suddenly the M25 going East was not closed fully and open so we all made it to the MI junction at Junction 21.
Before Hemel Hempstead flashing light appeared as the gantry lights indicated 60 then 50 but there were no road works so we might have been camera eyed.
For the next 5 miles nothing.
No indication to say what the speed should be and NO ROADWORKS.
Not until the 60 signs reappeared.
Total confusion as M1 traffic slowed down to a crawl before midnight.
It was at Luton that the roadworks started with signs reducing flow to 50mph and a single line of traffic.
From Junction 10 to the closure point signalled up every 500 yards we were repeadedly told that Junction 23 to Junction 24 would be closed on the M1 going North.
Passed Milton Keynes and Northampton to the M6 Junction we were repeadly told the M6 was closed at junction 1-2 yet lorries turned off the M1 there.
We bashed on until Leicester Forest East, when the signs changed and said M1 closed between Junction 23 – 24A – that extra stretch from Kegworth for 3 miles.
So at Junction 23 Shepshed, I followed a lorry onto the DIVERSION the A512.to ASHBY DE LA FUCKING ZOUCH.
NOTHING TO DO WITH THE NON MOTORWAY ROUTE.
Before I blow my top let me tell you that this became an 18 mile diversion to Junction 26
Because returning to the M1 on the A42 we were sent off it onto the A453 to Nottingham Centre then back to the M1 at Junction 26
Who ever planned that one wanted putting up against the wall.
We then had an uneventful trip to the Woodall Service Station after Junction 30 and a stop for coffee and chips.
We then motored on until coming to Closed Road signs north of the A19 turn off, on the A1M which incidently was also closed after crossing the Tyne.
THEN THE HEAVENS OPENED AND THE RAIN CAME DOWN
But to our surprise the work force were in bed and two lanes open for traffic.
On to the A68 home and bed – At least that road was fully open !
AND THE RAIN STOPPED
With apologies to the purists I enclose a titty while stuck in traffic.
Perhaps I was thinking about what insults I could level at the jerk who couldn’t keep even the Hard Shoulder open 24 hours a day while putting a new surface
on the main carriageway in the dark.
There was a musician from Ryde
Who opened her legs nice and wide
When she felt he was coming
She carried on strumming
Then said she’d preferred him inside
While gridlocked on the M1
Something about the lack of a hard shoulder ?
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