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Drainage blocked / standing water southbound

Reported via desktop in the Flooding/drainage (NH) category anonymously at 08:28, Tue 12 September 2023

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4984047.

During/after rainfall - a large stretch of pooling in the right hand/outside lane due to blocked drainage, all traffic travelling south in this lane are causing waves of water which goes over the central reservation barrier hitting the cars heading north in the right hand / outside lane in their windscreens, causing temporary washout blindness. This is very dangerous and lead to a very serious accident! This lane of motorway has been closed for months to allow for upgrading, yet they didn't clean out the Beanyblock / Aco drain - its full of vegetation!

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  • Thank you for your email of 12 September 2023 about blocked drains on the M1 near East Ardsley. We understand your concerns and appreciate you taking the time to contact us about the issue.

    We can confirm that due to the major work in the area to replace the safety barrier, the drains have not been cleared as often as they usually are. However we've been advised they will be cleared within the next 4 weeks.

    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 11:26, Mon 18 September 2023

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