Dramatic pictures show police called to 'round up' cows wandering on M1 in Yorkshire stoping all traffic

Dramatic pictures from motorway cameras show the M1 in Yorkshire being brought to a complete standstill - by a herd of cows crossing the carriageway.

By Joseph Keith
Monday, 1st August 2022, 9:40 am

Highways England Yorkshire said traffic officers and police were called out to the M1 northbound, between Junction 34 and Junction 35, at about 6.45am today (August 1).

They said they were called “due to a number of cows which have made their way onto the carriageway.”

“We've set speeds and lane closures to warn approaching traffic,” Highways England added in a tweet.

Motorway camera pictures show the cows then made their way onto the Junction 35 northbound exit slip road, approaching the roundabout.

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And in another update at about 7am, Highways England said traffic had been completely “stopped” between the junctions, “to allow police to round up the remainder of the cows which are still on the nearside verge”.

The incident caused severe delays and congestion.

Cows pictured wandering on the M1 motorway in Yorkshire this morning. Picture: Highways England.

In their following and final update, the organisation said traffic has now been released and all lanes had reopened on the stretch of motorway.

"There's approximately 2 miles of slow moving traffic in the area but this should now start to ease,” Highways England said.

"Thanks for your patience.”