M1 landmark set for demolition

Motorists who regularly use a stretch of the M1 in South Yorkshire will notice a gaping hole alongside the motorway later this month when a familiar landmark is demolished.

The 250ft Tinsley Towers stand just a few metres from the M1's southbound carriageway as it crosses the Don Valley between Sheffield and Rotherham.

The iconic cooling towers are being demolished to make way for the development of a biomass power station on the 30-acre Blackburn Meadows site.

The controlled explosion will take place in the early hours of Sunday August 24 and will result in the closure of the M1 for a day. A viewing platform is planned at the nearby Meadowhall Shopping Centre.

"We have agreed that the best time to close the motorway to allow the demolition to take place will be in the early hours of Bank Holiday Sunday when traffic levels are at their lowest," said Arthur Ashburner, divisional director at the Highways Agency.

"Clearly-signed diversions will be in place along the M18 and M62 together with local diversion routes, in order to limit any delays to road users, but we advise drivers to allow extra time for their journeys."

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