A1(M) delays near Welwyn after second vehicle fire

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The A1(M) - Credit: Archant

A second vehicle fire on the A1(M) near Welwyn today (Saturday) is causing further delays for drivers in Hertfordshire.

Both northbound and southbound carriageways of the motorway are affected by a second blaze on the stretch near Welwyn.

Not long after re-opening the A1(M) southbound from Junction 6 for Welwyn to Junction 4 Hatfield ahead of schedule, following an earlier accident, another fire is causing further tailbacks.

The Highways Agency (@HAtraffic_east) tweeted: “#Hertfordshire Having recently re-opened the #A1M southbound J6 - J4, the road is now blocked J7 - J6 both ways, due to another vehicle fire”

A further Twitter update read: “#Hertfordshire One lane has re-opened in each direction on the #A1M J6 - J7. @HFRS still at scene tackling the blaze. Expect delays.”

The motorway had earlier today been shut for more than five hours between Junctions 6 and 4, following a serious car fire on the southbound carriageway.

There are currently delays of 15 minutes due to the accident closing one lane on the A1(M) northbound between Junction 6 and Junction 7 for Stevenage.

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Motorists can expect delays of around 30 minutes on the A1(M) southbound between Junction 7 and Junction 6, with two lanes closed.

The Highways Agency expects normal traffic conditions from 7.45pm.

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