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A1 SINKHOLE: Latest updates

A contraflow system remains in place between junctions 67 (Coal House) and 68 (Lobley Hill) in time for this morning’s peak period to enable traffic to travel in both directions along the route. It means there are two lanes travelling southbound and one travelling north.

The hole, which is 3m deep and around 6.5m diameter and believed to be related to old mine workings in the area, is in the process of being filled with specialist concrete mixture. Contractors working for Highways England are now drilling holes to pump more material underneath the repair to prevent further collapse.

The road carries an average 90,000 vehicles a day, and drivers are advised to leave extra time for their journeys.

Read advice on how to try and avoid the delays here

The sinkhole is 3m deep and around 6.5m diameter Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Safety is our top priority and we have to ensure the carriageway is totally safe before drivers use it.

In the meantime I urge all drivers in the area to check conditions before they set out and to leave plenty of extra time for their journeys. I would also like to thank drivers in advance for their patience as we carry out this complex task.

– Rob Beckitt, duty operations manager at Highways England

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Part of A1 at Gateshead to remain closed until Wednesday

A1 sinkhole Credit: Northumbria Police

A large sinkhole, 5m wide and 3m deep, has formed on the A1 near to the Lobley Hill Interchange on the Northbound carriageway.

This has resulted in the carriageway between Coal House (junction 67) and Lobley Hill (junction 68) being closed as work takes place to fill the void found underneath the road.

Northumbria Police now say the road closure will remain in place until Wednesday.

Safety is our top priority; we have to ensure the carriageway is totally safe before drivers use it.

We and our contractors have been working hard with partners since the hole was discovered last night, and will continue to do so to make the carriageway safe as quickly as possible.

In the meantime I urge all drivers in the area to check conditions before they set out and to leave plenty of extra time for their journeys.

I would also like to thank drivers in advance for their patience as we carry out this complex task."

– Rob Beckitt, Highways England

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Major Metro line closures start next month

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There are to be major line closures on North Tyneside as track replacement work takes place.

It'll mean the lines between Benton and Monkseaton will be closed for 15 days from the 23rd July (Saturday) to the 6th of August (Saturday)

Stations including Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay will stay open this time, after work was completed there earlier in the year.

There will be a frequent replacement bus service in operation during the closure for all passengers who would otherwise use the Metro between Benton and Monkseaton.

Find out more about the closures here

Serious injuries after six vehicle crash in North Yorkshire

The crash took place on the A168 between Northallerton and Thirsk

North Yorkshire Police is seeking witnesses after a serious collision involving six vehicles between Northallerton and Thirsk

At about 5.40pm on Friday 17 June 2016, police were called to reports of a collision on the A168 at Thornton-le-Moor, between Northallerton and Thirsk.

The collision involved four motorcycles and two cars. As a result of the collision, two of the motorcyclists were taken by land and air ambulance to James Cook hospital with serious injuries.

The road was closed to allow specialist collision investigators to examine the scene, and reopened just after 11.30pm.

The vehicles involved in the collision were a red Nissan Note, a silver Kia Sportage, a blue Suzuki GSX, a blue Harley Davidson XFD, a black Honda XL and a black Triumph Tiger.

Any witnesses should contact police by dialling 101.

Severe delays on the A1 after lorry overturns despite the road being reopened

Two lanes of the A1 were closed earlier this morning after a lorry overturned. The road is now fully reopen Credit: Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police say there are severe delays around Washington services this morning (17th June) after a lorry overturned just after midnight.

The road has now fully re-opened Northbound after being closed for several hours, but drivers are being warned there are still considerable tailbacks in the area.

Anyone travelling in that direction is being advised to allow extra time for their journey

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