M6 traffic mayhem as lorry sheds load and sparks miles of misery
Motorists faced a morning of misery as a lorry with an unsafe load caused hours of delays and miles of queues on the M6.
Earlier today (March 30), lanes one and two, of four, were closed on the southbound carriageway between junction 31 and junction 31A. The two lanes were shut from around 8.24am to just after 12pm, causing hours of delays and five miles of queues.
A 16 tonne load of industrial paper had to be removed from an articulated lorry after the load became unsafe during transportation. At the peak of the congestion, the closed lanes caused an extra 50 minutes of travel time for those travelling on that section of the M6.
National Highways sent a replacement lorry, fork lift and heavy recovery unit to the scene to aid the securing of the load.
At the time, a spokesperson for National Highways said: “On the M6 southbound in Lancashire there are currently delays of over 1 hour and 5 miles of heavy congestion due to 2 lanes (of 4) being closed between J31 Salmesbury Interchange (Preston. Clitheroe A59) and J30 Blacow Bridge Interchange (Manchester, Bolton, Leeds, Blackburn, M61(M62, M65).
“The lanes are closed whilst a 16 tonne load of industrial paper is removed from an articulated lorry. The load had shifted during transportation and it is not safe to recovery the lorry with the load on-board.
“Recovery contractors are on scene working on removing the load. We expect this to take some time to complete and advise road users to expect congestion for the remainder of this morning and in to the early afternoon.
“Road users planning on travelling on this section of M6 southbound to allow plenty of extra time for their journey, consider alternate routes wherever possible and possibly delay your journey until recovery of the load and lorry is complete.”