A1 closed north of Stamford after fuel spillage

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A section of the A1 northbound carriageway near Stamford is closed today (Saturday) after a diesel spillage.

More than 1,000 litres of diesel was spilled onto the northbound carriageway following an incident south of Great Casterton shortly after 11pm last night (Friday).

Specialist cleaners had to be deployed to clean up the spill before the carriageway could be inspected for damage. During the inspection, earlier today, it was discovered that about 100 yards of the carriageway was so badly damaged that it needs resurfacing immediately. This will take most of today and the carriageway is unlikely to reopen before 5pm.

The northbound carriageway is closed between the A606 Empingham Road and the B1081 at Great Casterton.

A clearly-signed but long diversion is in place and longer distance drivers are advised to seek alternative routes north. Drivers using the A1 and travelling up to Stamford are being advised to follow the ‘Black Circle’ symbol signed diversion, via the A606 to Melton Mowbray, then returning to the A1 via the A607 re-joining at Harlaxton Farmers Arms roundabout.

The Highways Agency is urging drivers to check traffic conditions before setting out and to heed advice on electronic signs.