Motor misery over Easter hols

London motorists hoping to escape to the north over Easter are set for massive delays, as the government admitted that the M1 motorway is likely to remain partially closed over the bank holiday weekend. Two northbound lanes and one lane going south were shut yesterday in Borehamwood, north London, as emergency repair work continued on a bridge badly damaged by a fire at a nearby scrapyard. Roads minister Mike Penning said the road between junctions one and four might not reopen until the middle of next week.