Chaos for Milton Keynes motorists as M1 is closed after two severe crashes in nearby Bedfordshire

Much of the M1 is in gridlock following major incidents this morning.

There was a severe accident northbound at the next junction along from Milton Keynes, junction M J13 for A421 Bedford Road Bedford and the southbound M1 has also been closed from junction 13 to 11a.

Live traffic on M1 MK

Live traffic on M1 MK

According to Highways England: "#M1 southbound J12 - J11A for #Luton , the road has now been closed due to a multiple vehicle collision. Emergency services remain on scene and are working with #Trafficofficers and contractors. Drivers are advised to follow the “Hollow Circle” symbol. @LDNLutonAirport."

The southbound carriageway was closed between junction 13 for the A421 and junction 11A for Luton after the crash, which happened at about 6.30am.

There has also been a “severe accident” on the northbound carriageway at junction 13 with two of three lanes closed. Many of the approaching roads, including the A5 and A6 are congested as drivers try to avoid the scene.