All clear on M6 in Cheshire following earlier collision – [Wednesday 27th July]
Final update: M6 is back open both ways.
Update – The #M6 has reopened both ways between J20 and J21 following a serious collision. There is a lane 4 closure in both directions for barrier repairs. There is 4 miles of congestion on the #M6 southbound back to J21A (#M62). Northbound delays clearing well. pic.twitter.com/oPd77nVYZk
— National Highways: North-West (@HighwaysNWEST) July 27, 2022
Update 16:22 – One lane remains closed and there are long delays due to emergency repairs and earlier accident on M6 near the Thelwall Viaduct.
There are delays Northbound between J20 M56 J9 (Lymm Interchange) and J21 A57 Manchester Road (Woolston). Congestion to J19 (Knutsford) and M56 J10 (Stretton) Eastbound.
M6 Southbound closed long delays, queueing traffic due the collsiosn between J21 A57 Manchester Road (Woolston) and J20 M56 J9 (Lymm Interchange). Congestion to J22 (Newton Le Willows).
All routes through Warrington are also heavily congested as traffic tries to divert. Trapped Traffic is being released.
All routes through Warrington are also heavily congested as traffic tries to divert.
Travel time is around 50 minutes. Lane four (Of four) remains closed for Northbound traffic. Southbound lanes remain closed. Air ambulance was in attendance. A car had gone over the central reservation into oncoming traffic
The M6 in Cheshire is closed in both directions between J20 (M56) and J21 (Warrington) due to a serious collision.
The incident has happened near the M56 junction prior to the Thelwall Viaduct.
Emergency services including police, fire service, and an air ambulance are on the scene.
National Highways has said: “The collision involved a vehicle colliding with and flipping over the central reservation barrier.”
There are 10 miles of queues on the northbound side of the M6 stretching back to Lower Peover, Southbound is queuing for 5 miles back to Warrington.
There are also 4 miles of tailbacks on the M56 eastbound back to Stretton.
Update 15.19: Lates from traffic monitoring site Inrix –
“Road closed, long delays and queueing traffic due to crash on M6 Thelwall Viaduct both ways between J20 M56 J9 (Lymm Interchange) and J21 A57 Manchester Road (Woolston).”
“Congestion to J19 (Knutsford) for Northbound Traffic, J22 (Newton Le Willows) for Southbound Traffic and M56 J10 (Stretton) Eastbound.”
“All routes through Warrington are also heavily congested as traffic tries to divert. Air ambulance was in attendance.”
Update 15.05: A diversion route has been set up –
Road users travelling southbound are advised to follow the solid circle diversion symbol:
- Leave the M6 southbound at J21.
- At the J21 roundabout take the 3rd exit and join the A57 westbound.
- Follow the A57 to the A50/A57 junction and turn left onto the A50 southbound.
- Continue on the A50 to the A50/A5061 junction and continue straight to follow A50 Knutsford Road.
- Follow the A50 Knutsford road back to the M6 J20 and take the 3rd exit from the 2nd roundabout to rejoin the M6 southbound.
Road users travelling northbound are advised to follow the solid diamond diversion symbol:
- Leave the M6 northbound at J20.
- At the J20 roundabout take the first exit onto the A50 northbound.
- Follow the A50 to the A50/A5061 junction and turn right to continue on A50 northbound.
- Continue on the A50 to the A50/A57 junction and turn right onto the A57 eastbound.
- Follow the A57 eastbound back to the M6 J21 and take the 3rd exit to rejoin M6 northbound.
Update 14.50: Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to the scene at 2pm.
A spokesperson said: “Emergency services are at the scene of a road traffic collision on the M6 southbound near Woolston.”
“Three vehicles are involved and one is on its roof with two people trapped.”
“Traffic has been stopped in both directions and the air ambulance is in attendance.”
“Following assessment by ambulance crews, firefighters have released the two casualties from the overturned vehicle.”
“The casualties are now in the care of the ambulance service.”
A spokesperson for Cheshire Police said: “Officers were called just before 2pm on Wednesday 27 July to the M6 between junction 20 to junction 21 following reports of a collision involving a red dropside lorry and white Mercedes.”
“As a result of the collision, the Mercedes has overturned. Lane closures are currently in place on both the northbound and southbound carriageway.”
Earlier report: The incident “is affecting both northbound and southbound carriageways at the moment.” North West Motorway Police tweeted.
An air ambulance is reported to have landed at the scene, long queues are forming on either side of the closure.
— John B (@Citizen_baker) July 27, 2022
National Highways posted on social media: “The M6 is closed in both directions between J20 (#M56) and J21 (#Warrington) following a serious collision involving a car that has collided and gone over the central reservation barrier. Emergency services and Traffic Officers are on scene.”
A traffic report for the area states: “Road closed and queueing traffic due to crash on M6 Thelwall Viaduct both ways between J20 M56 J9 (Lymm Interchange) and J21 A57 Manchester Road (Woolston). Congestion to J19 (Knutsford) for Northbound Traffic and J22 (Newton Le Willows) for Southbound Traffic. Air ambulance is in attendance.”
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