M6 traffic CHAOS: Pictures show huge queues as smash causes gridlock

M6: Severe traffic delays at Junction 17 following crash

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A lorry and a van collided with one another on the M6 northbound, between junctions J17 and J18.

Pictures show a huge gridlock of traffic following the closure of lanes 1 and 2. 

Emergency services attended the scene of the accident which occurred at 3.45pm.

Inrix reported: “Two lanes closed and queuing traffic due to accident, a lorry and a van involved on M6 Northbound before J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich/Holmes Chapel).

“Congestion to J17 (Sandbach/Crewe).”

They later added that the lanes had been reopened. 

There was understood to be delays of 40 minutes above normal journey times on the motorway. 

Congestion on the road stretched for 6 miles.

The gridlocked traffic comes just as M6 commuters are warned that there will be heavy congestion over the weekend as a 50-year-old bridge at junction 10 is demolished. 

The demolition is the latest stage of the £78 million transformation of the Walsall junction.

As a result, junction 10 will be closed all weekend. 

A spokesman for National Highways said: “The two existing bridges which carry traffic over the motorway are being replaced by new, wider structures which will double the number of traffic lanes around the junction from two to four.

“The new bridges have been constructed next to the existing ones, which are around 50 years old, to enable traffic to switch over to the new structures when completed and minimise the impact of the work on road users and local communities.”

“The south bridge at Junction 10 of the M6 in Walsall is to be demolished this weekend, between 8pm Friday and 6am Monday.

“The north bridge is expected to be removed later this month.”

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Traffic will be diverted in an “up and over” system which will leave the motorway at Junction 10, travel over the roundabout and then re-join the M6 on the other side.

The closures will begin at 8pm on Friday until 6am on Monday. 

Drivers are advised to take alternate routes or plan for longer journeys. 

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