Drivers face 90-minute hold-ups on M1 after lorry breakdown blocks two lanes between Milton Keynes and Northampton

National Highways warns hold-ups could continue into evening rush hour

Thursday, 9th December 2021, 4:26 pm
National Highways is warning drivers face 90-minute delays heading north on the M1

UPDATE: The HGV has now been recovered and all lanes are now open. There are, however, still four miles of congestion and lengthy delays are still expected as traffic clears.

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National Highways says a broken down lorry forced the closure of two lanes northbound, leading to traffic crawling at an average 5mph between Milton Keynes and Northampton.

A spokesman confirmed that one of the blocked lanes had reopened at around 3.30pm but congestion is set to continue for a couple more hours at least.

Traffic is also heavy on the A5 northbound as drivers bid to beat the queues.