Five-mile queues on M1 following three-car pile up heading towards Northampton

Outside lane closed with warnings for drivers to steer clear of the motorway

Thursday, 23rd December 2021, 2:26 pm
National Highways cameras showed huge tailbacks on the M1 on Tuesday afternoon

Delays of up to half-an-hour are being reported on the M1 southbound towards Northampton following a three-car pile-up on Tuesday afternoon (December 23).

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National Highways said at 2pm that the outside lane had been closed with traffic tailing back for five miles from junction 17 and the M45 to the junction 16 turn-off.

Drivers are being advised to seek an alternative route away from the motorway — although the A5 is already getting busy.