A14 westbound now OPEN after ‘blocked drain’ sparked travel chaos

PUBLISHED: 08:18 27 November 2019 | UPDATED: 11:00 27 November 2019

Traffic cameras showed very heavy traffic on the A14 Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND

Traffic cameras showed very heavy traffic on the A14 Picture: HIGHWAYS ENGLAND


The A14 westbound has re-opened between Copdock and Claydon near Ipswich this morning after it was closed due to flooding.

There were major queues all the way back past junction 58, for Seven Hills, with drivers experiencing delays of up to 40 minutes, but these have since eased and traffic is now flowing.

Police said the carriageway was so waterlogged at around 6am today that they had to take drivers off at Copdock onto the A12 and into Ipswich.

Highways England said this was due to a blocked drain, and once this was cleared, the road was able to be fully re-opened.

There was a full closure in place between junction 56 for Copdock and junction 52 for Claydon while highways officers worked at the scene.

Part of the westbound off-slip at Claydon was blocked earlier shortly before 6am due to an accident which has seen a car go into a ditch.

The driver received minor injuries, police said.

Elsewhere, the blustery and wet weather overnight has seen the A131 near Bulmer Tye become completely blocked due to a fallen tree. The road is closed in both directions at the moment.

The A12 in Suffolk also experienced issues this morning, with one lane coned off near Woodbridge.

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