A1 in West Yorkshire shut and roads gridlocked as oil spill causes utter chaos

Improvement works will begin on Wentbridge Viaduct next week
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A major A road running through West Yorkshire will be shut in both directions tonight following an oil spill.

The A1 heading north has been shut since 10.45am on Friday after a lorry carrying cooking oil shed its load. It happened at Wentbridge on the northbound carriageway. The oil spill happened in the same lane as where repair work is being carried out on the Wentbridge Viaduct.

Now, drivers are being urged to use the M18 northbound and M62 westbound to divert around the spill while a specialist clean-up operation gets underway. Local routes are currently gridlocked and will be throughout the day.

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The road is currently shut heading north between the A638 at Barnsdale Bar/Wrangbrook and the A1(M) at Junction 40 for Darrington. But tonight, it will be shut in both directions.

A spokesman for National Highways has issued a statement warning drivers heading this way. He said: “Drivers in West Yorkshire are advised that the A1 is closed northbound and will be fully closed in both directions overnight.

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“At around 10.45am on Friday, June 21, National Highways was alerted to a cooking oil spillage on the northbound carriageway of the A1 at Wentbridge. The spillage is in the single lane for northbound traffic within ongoing works on the Wentbridge Viaduct.

“The carriageway is closed between the A639 (Barnsdale Bar / Wrangbrook) and the A1(M) J40 (Darrington). Specialist clear-up work was carried out overnight last night but was unsuccessful in removing the oil from the carriageway.

“While the northbound carriageway remains closed throughout the day, both carriageways will be closed from 7pm this evening and emergency resurfacing will take place overnight.”

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