FA Cup - M1 closure could cause travel chaos

Sat, 16 Apr 12:02:00 2011

Fans flocking to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final weekend could have their travel plans thrown into chaos by a major closure on the M1.

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The major artery into London has been shut between junctions one and four, between Brent Cross and Elstree, Hertfordshire, because of a scrapyard fire.

Fans travelling to the capital have been urged to find alternative routes, while scores of coaches face a significant and potentially congested detour on their way to Wembley.

The Highways Agency say they expect the road to remain completely shut until at least 6pm on Saturday - after the much-anticipated Manchester United v Manchester City match kicks off.

It is hoped one lane will be opened northbound on Saturday evening, but the southbound carriageway could be closed for some time longer.

Engineers are concerned about possible structural damage to a raised section of the motorway following the blaze near Scratchwood Services on Friday morning.

More supporters are travelling to the capital from the north-west for Sunday's semi-final between Bolton Wanderers and Stoke City, which is also a 90,000 sell-out.

The London Marathon is also on Sunday, with around 30,000 runners taking part and thousands more turning out to support.

Competitors also risk missing registration for the race, which takes place at Excel in the London Docklands and closes at 5pm on Saturday.


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