Highways England Action

30th June 2017

Following complaints made by Shailesh Vara MP regarding the closure of the southbound A1(M), junction 17 exit slip road, including raising the matter in Parliament, Highways England have apologised for the chaos and misery caused to thousands of motorists in recent days. They have also recognised that the position has been 'unacceptable'. 

Moreover, Highways England have postponed the planned closure of the southbound A1(M) exit slip road at junction 16 due to start today.

The news was conveyed to Mr Vara in an email from Tom Corbett from Highways England.

Mr Vara said:

“I am very pleased that Highways England have finally taken note of the many angry complaints received about the road closure at junction 17 and that they have apologised. I am also very pleased that further works planned at junction 16, to commence today and which were due to last until 14th July, have been postponed until a 'review' is undertaken to see how the work can be better handled and dealt with in the future.

We all recognise that the work needs doing. The issue here has been a lack of proper thought and coordination and a failure to properly communicate with relevant stakeholders and the public.”