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Water coming from motorway banking even in dry weather

Reported via desktop in the Flooding/drainage (NH) category anonymously at 16:25, Fri 28 July 2023

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4836275.

Water is coming from the banking on the eastern side of the motorway and flowing under the foot/bike tunnel and causing flooding at the other side. It's always there even in very dry weather and gets very bad in winter. Reported to Wakefield council who told me it was coming from National Highways land. This has been a problem for many months if not years

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  • Thank you for your email of 28 July 2023 about water coming from the motorway banking on the M1 near Lupset. We understand your concerns and appreciate you taking the time to contact us about the issue.

    We can confirm we're aware of the issue and are investigating the source of the water. Some survey work has been done last week and more maybe required so we can determine what work is required and whose responsibility it is.

    Thank you again for contacting us. If there is anything we can help you with, please email or telephone our Contact Centre. They’re available 24 hours a day by phone: 0300 123 5000 or by email Alternatively, please visit the National Highways website at

    Kind Regards


    Gemma Ford Business Services Coordinator Business Services Team National Highways |Calder view house | Calder Park | Wakefield | WF2 7UA Web: Follow us on Twitter @HighwaysYORKS and @HighwaysNEast

    Posted by National Highways at 09:38, Mon 7 August 2023

  • We're continuing to work with Wakefield Council to ascertain the source of the flooding and to rectify. We can confirm that water is likely entering the subway from more than one source. You are correct in saying this has been an issue for sometime and the solution will likely to be complicated and take some time to resolve.

    Posted by National Highways at 14:50, Thu 14 September 2023

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