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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe accident, between J17 for M45 Dunchurch and J16 for A45.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J17, M45 (Dunchurch) and J16, A45 (Daventry), because of an accident involving lorry and car.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Police warning about 'bad batch of drugs' in Daventry

    A potentially dangerous batch of ecstasy pills may be on sale in Daventry, Northamptonshire Police has warned.

    A spokeswoman said: "We have received intelligence that a bad batch of drugs is currently circulating in the Daventry area.

    "The pills in question are Green Heineken ecstasy tablets - drugs that are similar in appearance to those that could have caused the tragic deaths of two young people at a music festival in Portsmouth last weekend".

    Georgia Jones, 18, and Tommy Cowan, 20, died after attending Portsmouth's Mutiny Festival on Saturday.

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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

    M1 Northamptonshire - Heavy traffic and one lane closed on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. More bridge woes for drivers in Northamptonshire

    Repairs to a damaged bridge on the Welford Road - between Northampton and Spratton - won't be finished until November.

    Temporary traffic lights have already been in place since March and the road had to be closed for three months for repairs only last year.

    North Bridge, Oundle.

    On Wednesday, we heard the road between Great Doddington and Wollaston had been closed after a bridge at Hardwater Crossing was damaged by a lorry, but the county council said repairs wouldn't begin until February because of the "complex nature" of the work..

    Meanwhile last month, the local authority said it didn't have enough money to repair the busy North Bridge in Oundle (pictured) so would have to impose a weight limit there.

  6. Lionel Richie starts UK tour in Northampton

    Music legend Lionel Richie will be saying Hello to Northampton this evening when he starts his UK tour at the home of Northampton Saints.

    Lionel Richie

    About 17,000 people are expected at Franklin's Gardens, the day after Richie, 68, collected a Special International Award for leaving an "indelible mark on British music" during the Ivor Novello Songwriting Awards in London yesterday.

    Tour promoter, Craig Stanley, who has worked with the singer for more than 20 years, said: "Lionel really believes in taking his shows out to cities [and towns] which don't have arenas, but do have an arena capacity venue.

    "Lionel is a legend because he really does connect with his audience and everybody is going to have a great time."

    Fans will be Dancing on the Ceiling, All Night Long no doubt - but will he Truly have an Endless Love for the town. Too much?

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J19 for M6.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M1 Leicestershire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Leicestershire southbound severe disruption, between J19 for M6 and J18 for A5.

    M1 Leicestershire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J19, M6 (Catthorpe Interchange) and J18, A5 (Rugby), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  9. Busy Northampton junction 'accident waiting to happen'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A busy junction that is an "accident waiting to happen" will not be upgraded by Northamptonshire County Council.

    Nearly 300 worried residents signed a petition calling on the council to install safe, pedestrian-controlled crossings at the junction of Billing Road and Rushmere Road in Northampton.

    Rushmere Road/ Billing Road junction

    But the authority's traffic management team has said it would be difficult "both financially and practically" to install the crossings.

    Katie Moore, who is leading the petition, told councillors that crossing the road was "very intimidating" even for adults, let alone parents with pushchairs or children.

    Although no accidents have been reported at the junction, she told the scrutiny management committee that "it would be a shame for it to be an accident waiting to happen".

    At a cost of £500,000-750,000, the council said it would be a "difficult and very expensive job to complete".

    Debbie Taylor-Bond, head officer of transport and highways, said: "Regrettably we have to focus on areas where there have been accidents."

  10. Calls to add extra park and ride for students

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Calls have been made to explore the possibility of another park and ride scheme for students on the east side of Northampton.

    Concerns have been raised by residents over potential gridlock following the University of Northampton's move to its new Waterside campus in the town centre, which is due to open in September.

    There are also worries students could end up parking in residential areas if public transport options are not improved, despite a park and ride scheme between Sixfields and Franklin's Gardens with 1,800 spaces being earmarked.

    Waterside campus

    Northampton Borough councillors heard concerns from residents at a special scrutiny panel set up to investigate the impact of the university's move from its campuses in Kingsthorpe and St George's Avenue, both of which will close to become housing.

    Patrick Cross, the chairman of Whitehills and Spring Park Residents' Association (WASPRA), said students would park "where they can" near the new campus.

    Councillor Dennis Meredith, who sits on the scrutiny panel, said: "I'm glad that these issues are being raised, as this scheme is going to impact on the town."

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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire southbound severe disruption, between J18 for A5 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 southbound between J18, A5 (Rugby) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M40 Oxfordshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire northbound severe disruption, between J11 for A361 and J12 for B4451.

    M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed on M40 northbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J12, B4451 (Gaydon), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: M40 Oxfordshire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M40 Oxfordshire southbound severe accident, between J11 for A361 and J10 for A43 Brackley.

    M40 Oxfordshire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M40 southbound between J11, A361 (Banbury) and J10, A43 (Brackley), because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe disruption: M1 Northamptonshire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M1 Northamptonshire northbound severe disruption, between J16 for A45 and J17 for M45 Dunchurch.

    M1 Northamptonshire - One lane closed on M1 northbound between J16, A45 (Daventry) and J17, M45 (Dunchurch), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time