Bus driver who carried out U-turn on the M1 in Northamptonshire has ‘resigned’

A coach driver seen performing a three-point turn on the M1 in Northamptonshire to avoid a tailback has since quit the company, a spokesman has confirmed.

Shocking video footage released by Northamptonshire Police yesterday showed dozens of cars exiting the motorway down the wrong way of the junction 18 slip road by Crick- turning almost blindly into oncoming traffic.

Cars going the wrong way down the M1 at junction 18 in Northamptonshire.

Cars going the wrong way down the M1 at junction 18 in Northamptonshire.

It was recorded just before 9pm on Sunday, July 5, as cars approached a tailback caused by a serious incident at junction 19 of the northbound carriageway.

As part of the three-and-a-half minute video a coach can clearly be seen carrying out a three-point-turn to make the tight, angled turn into the slip road.

However a spokesman for the Cumbria-based company Reays, said the driver is no longer with the company.

He said: “The driver of the coach in the video no longer works for Reays. He has resigned.

“The safety of all our passengers is always our top priority. The safety record of our bus and coach services is excellent.”

PC Dave Lee from the force’s tactical roads policing unit said: “These people were behaving ridiculously.

“People joining the motorway aren’t expecting other vehicles to be coming towards them.

“These drivers were not only putting their own lives at risk, they were risking the lives of everyone heading down that slip road.”

Northamptonshire Police says it will seek prosecutions against the drivers involved.