Leeds M621 closure: Delays cleared after police incident on major route into city

Traffic queuing on the M621 anticlockwise in Leeds. Picture: Crown 2018
Traffic queuing on the M621 anticlockwise in Leeds. Picture: Crown 2018

Major tailbacks were reported this morning after a police incident prompted the closure of the M621 in Leeds.

Emergency services responded to a serious incident near junction five (Tunstall Road), where the anticlockwise lanes were closed.

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Highways England had warned at 8.30am that the closure could remain in place for a number of hours but said a short time later that it could reopen sooner than anticipated.

The agency tweeted: "Super fast work by @WYP_RPU and our #TrafficOfficers mean we are in the process of removing the closure of the #M621 at J5. Traffic currently held for us to collect our kit. Will update once all clear."

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The road was fully reopened at around 8.40am, although it took some time for tailbacks on the M621, M1 and M62 to clear.