Thursday 26 May 2022
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Updates: M1 closed in both directions – police incident – see diversion

Leicestershire Police have closed the motorway in both directions.

5:18 pm: All lanes have now reopened on the M1 northbound between J21A and J22 near Leicester following the earlier collision. There is still approx. 3 miles of congestion on approach, please allow extra time for your journey.

The M1 in Leicestershire is closed northbound between J21a and J22 (near Leicester) due to a collision.

Emergency services are responding at the scene and National Highways have resources in attendance to assist with traffic management.

Diversion Route

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Road users are advised to follow the hollow triangle diversion symbol on road signs

  • Exit the M1 northbound at J21a and using the free flow lane join the A46 northbound
  • Continue northbound along the A46 to the A46/A50 interchange.
  • At the interchange take the first exit (left) onto the A50 Markfield Road.
  • Continue along the A50 passing through the Lena Drive junction, Bradgate Hill and Fieldhead Roundabouts to A50/M1 junction 22 interchange.
  • At the interchange take the fourth exit and rejoin the M1 northbound


Police said at 11 am:

‘Please be advised that the M1 between J21 and J21A is closed in both directions due to a police incident.

‘Please find alternative routes – updates will follow.

‘Thank you for your patience.’


AA reports at 10:18 am Sunday 8 May:

‘All lanes stopped and slow traffic due to crash on M1 Northbound from J21A A46 (Leicester North / Kirby Muxloe) to J22 A50 (Coalville / Ashby-De-La-Zouch).’
‘Severe delays of ten minutes and delays increasing on M1 Northbound between J21A A46 (Leicester North / Kirby Muxloe) and J22 A50 (Coalville / Ashby-De-La-Zouch). Average speed ten mph.’

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