The A1(M) in County Durham is facing a major closure this morning (31 May) following a serious collision involving two cars. The incident, which occurred shortly before 3:30 am, has left the road closed in both directions between junctions 63 (Blind Lane) and 62 (Carrville).

Emergency services, including Durham Police, swiftly responded to the scene and are currently conducting a thorough investigation into the cause of the collision. National Highways are also present, working to manage the disruption and ensure the safety of all road users.
The closure is expected to cause significant delays throughout the morning, with severe congestion anticipated on the approach to the affected area and on diversion routes. Adding to the disruption, ongoing repairs on the A1 southbound between junctions 66 and 65 are likely to further exacerbate traffic issues.

Drivers planning to travel in the vicinity are strongly advised to allow ample extra time for their journeys or, if possible, to consider alternative routes or delaying their travel altogether.

Diversion routes have been put in place to help manage the flow of traffic:
* Southbound: Motorists should follow the solid diamond diversion symbol on road signs, exiting at junction 63 and taking the fourth exit onto the A167. They should then continue on the A167 until the roundabout with the A688, take the first exit onto the A688, and re-join the A1(M) at junction 61.
* Northbound: Drivers are advised to follow the solid triangle diversion symbol, exiting at junction 61 and taking the first exit onto the A688. At the fourth roundabout, they should take the fourth exit onto the A167 and then re-join the A1(M) at junction 63.

National Highways is urging drivers to stay updated on the situation by checking the Traffic England website (, using travel apps, or following the regional X feed @HighwaysNEAST. Additionally, real-time information can be obtained by calling the 24/7 contact centre on 0300 123 5000.