M1 Leeds crash: Live updates as police close motorway near Garforth due to serious crash

Police have closed the M1 near Leeds due to a serious crash.

Wednesday, 20th July 2022, 5:28 pm

It has happened on the northbound carriageway between junction 46, Leeds, and junction 47, Garforth (A1M).

Scroll down for live updates on this breaking incident.

The M1 northbound is closed near Garforth (Photo: motorwaycameras.co.uk)

Live updates as M1 closed near Leeds due to serious crash

Last updated: Thursday, 21 July, 2022, 12:30

A woman has died after a campervan and HGV crashed, police confirm

A 63-year-old woman died after the crash on the M1, West Yorkshire Police have confirmed.

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Woman dies after a campervan crashes with lorry on motorway near Leeds

A 63-year-old woman died in a road traffic collision on the M1 motorway yesterday, West Yorkshire Police have confirmed.

All lanes have now reopened

All lanes have now reopened following the serious crash.

We are expecting a statement from West Yorkshire Police today.

Delays now easing as cars follow diversion route

The M1 northbound remains shut due to the serious crash, which happened between Garforth and Leeds.

But delays are beginning to ease as cars are directed around the crash.

The AA reports: “Severe delays of 32 minutes and delays easing on M1 Northbound between J45 A63 Pontefract Lane (Leeds Cross Green) and J47 A656 (Garforth / Micklefield).

“Average speed five mph.”

Severe delays of almost an hour

The AA reports that there are severe delays of almost an hour on the M1 northbound towards Garforth, with traffic still stuck behind the closure.

An alert said: “Severe delays of 55 minutes on M1 Northbound between J44 A639 Leeds Road (Leeds South / Rothwell) and J46 A6120 Selby Road (Leeds Colton / Garforth). Average speed five mph.”

Photo: AA

Statement from West Yorkshire Police

In a tweet, a police spokesperson said: “ Emergency services are currently in attendance at a serious road traffic collision on the Northbound slip road, junction 47 M1, Garforth.

“Road closures are currently in place from junction 46 to 47 Northbound. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.”

Diversion route in place

Diversion Route

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

  • Driving North, exit the M1 using the J46 exit slip and proceed to the end of the slip road.
  • At the roundabout, take the third exit onto the A63 and proceed along this road until you reach the junction with A1M J42.
  • At the roundabout, take the first exit ont the slip road to join A1M north and proceed along this road to the junction with the M1 J43.

Police close M1 near Leeds due to serious crash

Police have closed the M1 near Leeds due to a serious crash. 

It has happened on the northbound carriageway between junction 46, Leeds, and junction 47, Garforth (A1M).

We have contacted West Yorkshire Police for more information on this breaking incident.

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