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M180 roadworks criticised by council

A scheme which caused chaos on the M180 has receeived damning criticism from the leader of North Lincolnshire Council.

Cllr Liz Redfern says a decision to completely close the eastbound side of the road for resurfacing work was against her office's advice.

The Highways Agency now says there will be no daytime closure of the westbound carriageway when work moves there later this month. James Webster reports:

Humber Bridge bosses: traffic was unprecedented

The Humber Bridge Authority says it had to keep the toll suspension in place due to the roadworks.

They will be reinstated at 11.59pm on Monday.

“After consulting with the Highways Agency, we decided to suspend the toll for all vehicles to help ease some of the heavy congestion that built up around the bridge due to the M180 roadworks. Drivers were being diverted via the A18 at junction 1, but many ended up using the A63 and the Humber Bridge.

“The unprecedented levels of traffic caused problems for hundreds of motorists, which is why the Highways Agency has agreed to recompense the Bridge Board for any losses we might suffer by waiving tolls to improve traffic flow across the bridge.

“We would also advise drivers to plan their journey across the bridge in advance, leave plenty of extra time and make sure their vehicle is prepared in case of delays.

"The work taking place on the M180 is essential carriageway reconstruction work, which began on Wednesday with excavations and repairs to the concrete foundation. This needs time to cure and cool before traffic can use it again."

– Peter Hill, Bridgemaster

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No full closure of M180

The Highways Agency have confirmed that there will be no full closure of the westbound carriageway of the M180 later this month.

Earlier today, Brigg and Goole MP Andrew Percy tweeted this:

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In discussions with the Highways Agency last night, I begged them not to repeat daytime closures when doing westbound M180.

Highways Agency "working round the clock" on M180

The Highways Agency says it is continuing to work around the clock to open the motorway by 6am on Monday morning.

The advice to drivers is to follow the road signs and use alternative routes to avoid queuing in traffic.

Tolls have now been suspended until 11.59pm on Monday to compensate.

“This morning we have seen much reduced delays around the M180 and A18. However, there are still two lanes closed on the M180 and we advise people who can take alternative routes to the east coast to do so.

“We have been working hard to revise the work schedule to alleviate the delays experienced over the past two days and our contractors have worked round the clock to get one lane open this morning.”

– Chris Holehouse, Highways Agency

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