Traffic update: Lanes re-opened on A1 after smash but drivers told to expect delays

Drivers are facing frustrating hold-ups on the A19 this morning.

Drivers are facing frustrating hold-ups on the A19 this morning.

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A busy road was closed and motorists forced to use the hard shoulder after a smash. earlier today.

Police were called to the A1 at 7.40am to reports of a road traffic collision.

The collision happened southbound between junction 62 and 63 near Chester-le-Street.

Both lanes were closed to traffic with the hard shoulder being used to keep traffic moving. 
The lanes have now been re-opened, however, police are warning there are still delays.