M1 traffic: Motorway completely shut as Storm Franklin brings widespread flooding


Both directions are shut between junction 34 for Sheffield north and Meadowhall and junction 33 for Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The road has become flooded after Storm Franklin lashed heavy rainfall across the UK. It’s the third storm the UK has faced in the space of one week.

Motorway cameras at 6.30am showed severe congestion on the M1 today (Monday February 21).

It remains congested northbound from junction 32 – the M18 link – in South Yorkshire.

Southbound drivers face jams past junction 35 for Chapeltown, Sheffield.

With all lanes closed at junction 34, southbound drivers must leave the road there and use A631 through the Brinsworth area of the city and then the A630 to junction 33.

Northbound motorists can use the reverse of this route, reports Nottinghamshire Live.

Other sections of the road – including the stretch near junction 31 for Workshop, Nottinghamshire, were closed due to flooding last night but have since reopened.

South Yorkshire Police and National Highways Traffic Officers are at junction 34, it is understood.

A yellow weather warning remains in force for most of the country – including South Yorkshire – as gales of up to 80mph are expected today.

Train services across Yorkshire have been cancelled due to the weather.

Coastal areas, though, are feared to be worst hit by the latest storm.

The Met Office said: “In the south these strong winds may hamper, or slow, ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Storm Eunice. Winds will ease steadily from the northwest during the remainder of Monday.”


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