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Motorist killed in M11 car fire named by police

The M11 near Cambridge was closed for more than nine hours. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man who died in a car fire which closed the southbound carriageway of the M11 near Cambridge for most of Wednesday (January 13) has been named by police.

He was 43 year-old Foyzul Islam from Rothwell in Northamptonshire. His car caught fire just after 8am.

Police say there was no sign his car had collided with any other vehicle.

Investigations continue into the cause.

M11 near Cambridge remains closed nine hours after car fire

The M11 near Cambridge has been closed for more than nine hours following a car fire in which a man died. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The southbound M11 near Cambridge is to stay closed this evening following a car fire in which a man died.

The vehicle caught fire on the carriageway at around 8:30am, causing a full closure of the southbound M11 and lane 2 of the northbound M11 between junction 12, for Barton, and junction 11, for Trumpington and the A10.

The southbound entry slip road at junction 12 has been re-opened and traffic is now being diverted up and over the junction.

Highways England say the southbound carriageway will remain closed into the evening while recovery and resurfacing continues at junction 12. The northbound carriageway is expected be fully open by 6.30pm.

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M11 to remain closed most of the day after fatal car fire

The M11 southbound near Cambridge is set to be closed for most of Wednesday after a fatal car fire.

There's severe congestion on surrounding roads including the A14.

A man has been killed in a car fire which has closed the M11 near Cambridge. Credit: Twitter / @helloellaxo

A car caught fire on the carriageway at around 8:30am causing a full closure of the southbound M11 and lane 2 of the northbound M11 between junction 12 for Barton and junction 11 for Trumpington and the A10.

Police say there is no indication of a collision taking place or any other vehicles being involved. One person, a man, is believed to have been in the vehicle.

Highways England is advising drivers to consider alternative routes or to delay their journey if possible. The road is likely to remain closed for most of today, possibly into the evening peak, while the vehicle is recovered and the road is repaired.

The M11 near Cambridge is set to be closed for most of the day. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Long distance traffic is being advised to leave the M11 at junction 14 and join the A14 eastbound to junction 35, for Stow Cum Quy, continue along the A1303 and A1304, to join the A11 southbound at Six Mile Bottom and rejoin the southbound M11 at junction 9.

"Traffic already past junction 14 on the southbound M11 can exit at junction 12 and will be diverted via the A603, A1198 and A505 to rejoin the M11 at junction 10 or take the northbound A10 at Royston to rejoin at junction 11. Local traffic is advised to avoid the area and use alternative local routes.

– Highways England
Long traffic queues built up on the A14 at its junction with the M11 following the car fire. Credit: ITV News Anglia / Emily Knight

M11 closed southbound after fatal car fire

A man has been killed in a car fire on the M11 in Cambridgeshire.

The motorway is closed southbound at Junction 13. Police and other emergency services are currently at the scene.

A man has been killed in a car fire on the M11 in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Reports came in of a car on fire on the southbound carriageway of the road near junction 12, just after Barton, at about 8.10am.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

There is no indication at this time of a collision taking place or any other vehicles being involved. One person, a man, is believed to have been in the vehicle.

"Road users are advised to exit at J11 and take A603 westbound followed by the A1198 southbound to Royston.

Traffic should then take the A505 eastbound, remaining on the A505 eastbound to get to J10 or alternatively take the A10 northbound off onto the A505 to J11 of the M11."

– Highways Agency

Delays on A14 in Suffolk after two lorries crash

There are delays on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk after a crash involving two lorries.

Delays on the A14 after a crash involving two lorries in Suffolk. Credit: Suffolk Police

The incident happened just after 7am on the A14 eastbound at junction 41 for Risby. Congestion is reported back to junction 39 for the B1506 at Kentford.

One of the lorries hit the central reservation damaging 200 metres of safety barrier.

One lane of the A14 is closed for barrier repairs.

"The RTC resulted in closure of the A14 due one of the vehicles coming to rest straddling the central reservation. Where possible drivers are asked to avoid the area if they are able to due to the congestion caused by the road closure."

– Suffolk Police

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Horse loose as A14 closed after horsebox fire

Part of the A14 near Cambridge has been closed after a horsebox caught fire. It was reported that at least one horse was on the loose.

There were long delays on one of the busiest sections of the road north of Cambridge.

The incident was between Histon and Milton and the westbound carriageway was closed near junction 32 for a time.

Contractor appointed to build expanded section of A14

Balfour Beatty Carillion are to widen the A14 between Milton and Swavesey in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Balfour Beatty Carillion has been awarded what could be a £300 million contract to widen a section of the A14 in Cambridgeshire.

The company will start with pre-construction work between Swavesey and Milton worth nearly half a million pounds.

It's part of the government's £1.5 billion "Road Investment Strategy" to upgrade the A14, which is a notorious bottleneck on the road from the Suffolk coast to the Midlands.

This is the third contract to be awarded on the road project. In June Highways England appointed two joint venture contractors – one to design the improvement; the second to construct two sections of the scheme.

Calls for 50mph speed limit on A14

The charity Brake backs calls for speed limit on A14 Credit: ITV Anglia

Campaigners are calling for the speed limit on the A14 to be lowered to 50 miles an hour.

It comes a week after there was widespread disruption on the road following a collision involving two lorries and a car.

The current speed limit is 70 miles and hour.

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