Update: Lanes are now open! Major delays on eastbound M56 J11 after a lorry fire closed all carriageways
UPDATE M56 – J14 EB entry slip now open.
— North West Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) November 26, 2014
There are still delays on M56 eastbound after a lorry trailer caught fire near junction 11 earlier this morning.
Police have been taking traffic off at junction 11 and diverting people around the scene of the fire as all carriageways are currently closed with Police saying thjey have no estimated time as to when they will reopen.
No one is believed to have been hurt thankfully.
“Sketchy” view for Highways Agency cameras of the M56 at 8:47
Cheshire Fire and Rescue are at the scene and say:
“Four fire engines have been at the scene of a lorry on fire on the M56 between junctions 12 and 11 (east) at Daresbury. Fire and rescue crews received a report of a trailer wheel on fire on a lorry on the hard shoulder.
The trailer, carrying shredded tyres, became involved in the fire, affecting the hard shoulder and slip road with smoke affecting all three lanes.
Firefighters, two wearing breathing apparatus, used two hose reel jets to tackle the blaze. The crews are continuing to tackle the fire with hose reels and foam, and lanes one and two of the motorway are currently closed.”
Firefighters tackle trailer fire on M56 at Daresbury which closed the motorway this morning. http://t.co/wcXg4SVmOV pic.twitter.com/kDRLvYmnqJ
— Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (@CheshireFire) November 26, 2014
Many motorists are reporting via twitter long delays and of course posting pictures:
Our cleaning operatives are on the way to #Chester on the #M56 and have reported huge tail backs due to a truck fire pic.twitter.com/2mt6g3UgLY
— NSS (@NSSGroupLtd) November 26, 2014
At least a 2 HR delay on closed #M56 and some twerp at #HighwaysAgency has just put this sign on. Very f'ing helpful pic.twitter.com/ymPRRZGNE9
— Andy B 💙 (@m7leicauser) November 26, 2014
@XfmManchester M56 lorry fire #HOTSTUFF pic.twitter.com/TIrPvX663R
— KOLLYWOOD (@Kollywood81) November 26, 2014