Diversion route revealed for South Yorkshire motorway closure

Drivers needing to use a South Yorkshire motorway will be sent miles out of their way when the road closes tonight for recovery of an abnormal load.

Friday, 31st August 2018, 3:07 pm
Updated Friday, 31st August 2018, 3:16 pm
A lorry carrying an abnormal load has broken down on a South Yorkshire motorway.

The M18 will be completely closed from junctions 1 to 2 from 8pm,  with a diversion put in place identified by a hollow triangle.

Drivers will have to leave the M18 at J1 before taking the A631, the A6123 and the A630 and joining the A1(M) at J36.

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They will then have to head South and rejoin the M18 at J2.

The lorry carrying the 200 ton load broke down overnight between junctions 1 and 2 of the motorway.

Highways England tweeted that it is expected to take a number of hours to move the 'ginormous' load. 

They added: 'A lane closure is in place for a 200 ton abnormal load that has broken down.

'The recovery is going to be complex. A full closure of road will be required. We have delayed this until 8pm tonight.'