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Photos: M25 in Essex to remain shut throughout evening rush hour due to lorry fire

THE M25 in Essex will be closed throughout the evening rush hour as emergency services deal with the aftermath of a lorry fire. 

The anticlockwise carriageway has been closed between junctions 27 and 26 since around 4am this morning due to the incident. 

It has caused long tailbacks to junction 28 at Brentwood, with Highways England warning of four-mile queues and delays of up to one hour. 

Essex Fire Service says it took two hours to extinguish the fire but warned it would take some time for the road to reopen. 

A spokesman said: “Crews were called to a lorry fire on the M25 between Junction 27 – 26 just before 4am this morning.

“On arrival firefighters reported that the lorry was 100% alight.

“Crews worked hard to bring the fire under control and completely extinguished it by 6.40am. Crews expect to remain on scene for some time to continue dampening down the area.

“The cause has been recorded as accidental.”

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Highways England says debris is being removed from the road but resurfacing works will need to take place before police can allow traffic through again. 

No timeframe for when the road will reopen has been given but Essex Traffic Control Centre says the carriageway will remain closed “until after the evening rush”. 

References

  1. ^ #M25 (twitter.com)
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  3. ^ June 30, 2021 (twitter.com)
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  5. ^ #M11 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ @googlemaps (twitter.com)
  7. ^ June 30, 2021 (twitter.com)

Seven-mile queues on M1 heading south from Milton Keynes and Northampton

HIghways England jamcams showed traffic crawling on the M1 at junction 12 at 7amHIghways England jamcams showed traffic crawling on the M1 at junction 12 at 7am

HIghways England jamcams showed traffic crawling on the M1 at junction 12 at 7am

Drivers heading south from Milton Keynes[1] and Northamptonshire face seven miles of queues and delays of up to 1½ hours on the M1 during Wednesday’s morning rush hour (June 30).

Three lanes are closed near Dunstable following a smash involving a lorry and an overturned car.

Traffic is stalled from near junction 11 back beyond junction 12 for Flitwick with delays of up to 90 minutes above the usual travel time.

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A spokesman for Highways England said at 7am: “Emergency services and traffic officers are in attendance following a collision involving multiple vehicles. We do not expect a return to normal traffic conditions until 10am.”

References

  1. ^ Milton Keynes (www.northamptonchron.co.uk)

Live as M1 gridlocked with huge rush hour queues after crash

There were huge queues along the M1 in Yorkshire this morning after a crash between a lorry and car.

All lanes and traffic were held on the M1 northbound between junction 39 for Durkar and junction 40 for Ossett after an accident[1] reported at 8am.

Highways England then closed three lanes while a spillage and debris was cleaned up.

READ MORE: Wife’s heartbreaking tribute to ‘wonderful husband’ after he dies of Covid aged just 48[2]

At its height the accident caused delays of 60 minutes with six miles of queues.

A spokesperson for Highways England said: “#M1 northbound J39 #Durkar to J40 #Ossett

#TrafficOfficers on scene with a traffic collision. Traffic is currently held whilst the scene is assessed.”

To get the latest email updates from Yorkshire Live, click here[3] .

Follow all of the latest updates on this breaking crash in our dedicated live blog below.

References

  1. ^ accident (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Wife’s heartbreaking tribute to ‘wonderful husband’ after he dies of Covid aged just 48 (www.examinerlive.co.uk)
  3. ^ click here (www.examinerlive.co.uk)

Pat Sharp admits why he’s potty about snooker as Brits are caught up in footie

Britain is caught up in football[1] fever and rightly so.

But Brazil legend Pele has his mind on a much smaller set of balls – snooker!

He reckons the genteel game should be included in the Olympics and that his country would take gold.

The footy genius, inset – who is 80 – is a big fan of the baize.

And I guess he has a point. Snooker is watched by 500million people worldwide and is played in more than 100 countries.

Maybe the Olympic committee has only tuned into Steve Davis’ “boring” games!

It’s always the second shot in snooker that intrigues me. How will it go? Find out after the break.

Pat is sticking with snooker
Pat is sticking with snooker (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

I can’t profess to be up on the current game. I’ve only been to The Crucible once.

And I actually missed most of the tournament.

You’re not going to believe this, but we were delayed after a lorry carrying snooker equipment crashed on the M1.

The driver was under a rest and the cue went back for miles. (Cue laughter!)

TV and Radio legend Pat Sharp opens up on his thoughts on snooker and the Euros
TV and Radio legend Pat Sharp opens up on his thoughts on snooker and the Euros (Image: Getty Images)

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I often get a 147 when I play snooker[3] – it’s the bus that stops right outside the hall.

I have a pal who always wows at the table, because she plays with a pint balanced on her head. Beatrix Potter! She’s a very passionate player, but fits in well as tempers often flare down at my local.

My mate once got into a terrible fight and was lying on the floor injured.

“Don’t worry,” said the bartender. “A Red Cross nurse is just finishing her dinner and is coming to help you.”

“Oh no,” groaned my mate. “Can’t I have a blonde, cheerful one?”

Dad actually tried to prepare me for pub brawls. He told me: “If you ever get into a fight in the pub, put a snooker ball in your sock.”

Worst advice ever – I could hardly walk!

Having some balls always comes in handy though.

References

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  3. ^ when I play snooker (www.dailystar.co.uk)

M1 collision live: Lorry and car collide on M1

A lorry and a car have collided on the M1 this evening (June 21).

One lane of the southbound carriageway is currently shut following the crash, near junction 21 of the motorway for Fosse Park and the M69.

Traffic was at a complete standstill following the incident, shortly before 8pm.

Inrix, the traffic website, said traffic was held on the motorway for about 10 minutes while emergency services attended the scene.

It was released at about 8.10pm, however, lane three or three remains closed.

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This is why ew Sheffield railhead is trucking boss’s crown achievement

It saw total victory for the Sheffield haulier, which grew with the popularity of road transport, while the giant rail depot withered with the decline of the steel industry and died.

But the story has a twist.

For the trucking firm has just spent £3m reviving the railhead. And co-founder Frank Newell say it’s his crowning achievement.

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Tinsley Marshalling Yards circa 1965. It had 32 marshalling lanes.Tinsley Marshalling Yards circa 1965. It had 32 marshalling lanes.

Tinsley Marshalling Yards circa 1965. It had 32 marshalling lanes.

Over just seven weeks earlier this year, the company laid out three acres of concrete and 700 yards of track and reconnected the yard to the rail network.

Today it is home to more than 800 shipping containers and receives two 34-wagon freight trains a day from the port of Felixstowe.

The service saves up to 400,000 road miles a week, cutting lorry pollution and congestion, and is already close to its 1,000 container capacity.

Frank, aged 69, said its popularity was a relief.

Frank Newell. Picture Scott MerryleesFrank Newell. Picture Scott Merrylees
Frank Newell. Picture Scott Merrylees

“It was a very big commitment for us as a family business. I’ve been in business for 50 years and have always taken educated gambles. You get to the stage where you have to play forward and do it.

“It’s the best thing I have done. I’m so proud of what we have achieved.”

A mechanic by trade, his youngest son, Anthony, aged 17, is employed in the workshop ‘on the spanners’ learning lorry maintenance.

Sons Stephen, 43, and John, 49, also worked their way up.

The site can store 1,000 containers.The site can store 1,000 containers.
The site can store 1,000 containers.

Frank added: “Going through the ranks gives them a good insight.”

He started with one lorry in 1971 and, with Paul Wright, built the firm into a £50m-a-year business that employs 300.

It is one of just a handful of road hauliers that have moved into rail and Tinsley is the only operation of its type in South Yorkshire, it is claimed.

Stephen said growing concerns about climate change led the firm to move fast.

Unloading the train with a £500,000 box stacker.Unloading the train with a £500,000 box stacker.
Unloading the train with a £500,000 box stacker.

“You have to be careful you don’t get left behind,” he added.

Containers are mostly from China and India and hold everything from patio slabs to clothing to car parts. But they do not have high value items like iPhones or ‘high consequence products’ like fireworks.

About 55 can fit on a train and they are unloaded by four £500,000 ‘box stackers’, including one which runs on hydrogenated vegetable oil, a green fuel.

Containers are taken to their final destination by lorry, some 80 a day in a 24-hour operation.

Stephen said they had used local suppliers, with concrete from Cemex in Attercliffe, reinforcing from BRC in Barnsley and ballast from Aggregate Industries’ quarry in Buxton.

The site is owned by Network Rail and leased to Newell & Wright for 35 years, with a reduction on rent because it is a brownfield site, he added.

Aerial view of Tinsley Marshalling Yards, Sheffield, December 1987.Aerial view of Tinsley Marshalling Yards, Sheffield, December 1987.
Aerial view of Tinsley Marshalling Yards, Sheffield, December 1987.

Its success meant they planned to add two more services, with freight trainers from Southampton and London Gateway on the Suffolk coast.

A second phase of expansion could see a similar-sized platform and storage area built to the south, closer to the bridge over the Parkway, near Junction 33 of the M1.

A third phase could use land to the north, close to two large warehouses that were built on what was the widest part of the marshalling yard.

In 1961, a tenth of the rail-borne freight in Britain originated in the Sheffield district. Tinsley Marshalling Yard was opened by the infamous Dr Richard Beeching in 1965 to serve the steel industry. At its height it handled 200 locomotives and 3,000 wagons a day.

But within a few short years it was hit by competition from road and closed in stages from 1985.

Duncan Clark, of Newell and Wright, said part of the site was cut out of rock and part was electrified, receiving electric trains from Manchester that came through the now closed Woodhead tunnel.

The yard was disused and disconnected from the rail network when Newell and Wright took it on. A new link was laid to the north connecting to a local line near Shepcote junction and then on to Rotherham station, Doncaster and the East Coast Mainline.

The company hopes to connect the site from the south providing a simpler and more direct route into the network, he added.

Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts said the company’s achievement was ‘fantastic’ and he would speak to the mayor of South Yorkshire and Department of Transport about providing financial backing.

He added: “I think what they have done is incredible and what they want to do is fantastic. It’s really rising to the climate challenge.

“I will be speaking to the mayor about how we can engage, this is a really important part of local infrastructure and should benefit a lot of firms.

“It’s also of national significance and I’ll be speaking to the Department of Transport about providing some sort of financial backing and support.

“There have been various plans over the years to reopen the yard but these guys have done it.”

Kevin Newman, senior route freight manager for Network Rail, hailed the site as part of the ‘vital role that freight has played in the country’s response to the Covid pandemic and how important it is to the recovery of the economy’.

“Reopening routes, expanding services and gaining new freight customers, as well as running longer, heavier trains, is helping to get more HGVs off the road.”

Newell & Wright Transport was formed in 1974 by Frank Newell and Paul Wright. At that time it was a ‘very small general haulage company’ operating from rented premises.

Over the years it grew and moved to larger sites three times before setting up, in 1987, on its current 6.5 acre freehold site at Tinsley.

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A freight train from the port of Felixstowe arrives at Tinsley Marshalling Yard. Picture Scott MerryleesA freight train from the port of Felixstowe arrives at Tinsley Marshalling Yard. Picture Scott Merrylees
A freight train from the port of Felixstowe arrives at Tinsley Marshalling Yard. Picture Scott Merrylees
Three acres of concrete were laid to make the site.Three acres of concrete were laid to make the site.
Three acres of concrete were laid to make the site.
Frank Newell at Tinsley Marshalling Yards.Frank Newell at Tinsley Marshalling Yards.
Frank Newell at Tinsley Marshalling Yards.
From left: MP Clive Betts and Stephen and Frank Newell have their picture taken as a train arrives.From left: MP Clive Betts and Stephen and Frank Newell have their picture taken as a train arrives.
From left: MP Clive Betts and Stephen and Frank Newell have their picture taken as a train arrives.

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