Nottinghamshire MP Graham Allen is campaigning alongside a constituent to have new HGV mirror laws implemented following M1 shun
A motorist from Nottingham whose car was shunted a quarter of a mile down a motorway by a lorry wants to get rid of HGV blind spots.
Five lorries have crashed in fog closing the northbound section of the M1 on the Derbyshire-Nottinghamshire border.
Incredible CCTV footage shows an out-of-control caravan snaking wildly across the M1 motorway in Leicestershire before smashing into the roadside barrier.
The footage was released by the Highways Agency ahead of the anticipated Easter getaway, warning of the need to tow vehicles safely.
Figures show that last year in the West Midlands alone, there were 866 incidents involving caravans, trailers and other towed vehicles.
One of two people seriously injured in a major crash on the M1 motorway on Friday has died.
Tracy Maria Walters, aged 48, died at Coventry's University Hospital yesterday.
The motorway was left at a standstill when the Mitsubishi L200 4x4 she was travelling in crashed off the southbound M1 near junction 22 at around 12.40pm.
She and a man who was also in the car were airlifted to hospital. He remains in a serious but stable condition.
Derbyshire County Council has opposed proposals to introduce a 60mph speed limit on the M1 between junctions 28 and 31.
The Highways Agency is looking at converting the hard shoulder into a fourth lane. It is part of a project to improve traffic flow and allow greater volumes of vehicles to use the road.
A 60mph speed limit has been proposed between 7am and 7pm everyday by The Highways Agency in a bid to reduce carbon emissions, which would increase if the motorway was widened.
Councillor Dean Collins, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “We're working hard to attract new businesses to the area and a lower limit will add to the perception that the M1 is overly congested."
"Other sections of the M1 have air quality management areas but do not have lower speed restrictions as a result, so we don’t see why they should be imposed in Derbyshire."
One lane is closed on the M1 northbound between J26 A610 (Nottingham / Eastwood) and J27 A608 (Hucknall) in Nottinghamshire after a crash between a car and an HGV.
Motoring organisations fear a new network of stealth cameras targetting drivers who break the 70mph speed limit on the M1 in the region will be used by police as a moneymaking exercise.
The new devices, called Hadecs3 (Highways Agency digital enforcement camera system) is expected to be rolled out from the summer.
Two stretches of the M1 -junctions 28 Mansfield and 31 Worksop, and Junction 32 (M18) and 35A Chapeltown - are where the cameras will be installed in the next 18 months. The new devices will be grey rather than bright yellow and will not require white markings on the road.
The improvements will be made to the Catthorpe interchange on the M1 at its junction with A14 near Rugby and at the junction of A45/A46 Tollbar End junction near Coventry.
Construction work on the junctions, which are used by more than 90,000 vehicles each day, is expected to start between January and March 2014.
– Stephen Hammond, roads minister
These improvements are vital for the economy,but most importantly for motorists in the Midlands, in reducing congestion levels and making journey times quicker in and around these two busy junctions.
M1 Southbound blocked, stationary traffic at J25 A52 (Nottingham / Derby), congestion on M1 to J26 A610 (Nottingham / Eastwood).