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No prosecutions for drivers who went wrong way down motorway slip road

Police say they will not prosecute the "dangerous and irresponsible" drivers of 74 vehicles who went the wrong way down a motorway slip road to avoid a traffic jam.

But they have logged the car registration numbers and each motorist will be warned about their actions.

The incident happened on the M60 motorway close to junctions 5 and 6 near Didsbury and Sale in Greater Manchester.

The carriageway was blocked when three people had been injured in a collision, with one of them trapped and needing to be freed by the fire Service.

The motorway was closed as emergency services rescued the victims but a police vehicle and an ambulance were unable to get to the scene because some motorists decided to turn the wrong way on to the slip road at junction 6.

Police say the drivers' actions were "dangerous and irresponsible" and all the registration plates if the cars involved have been recorded.

The drivers will be offered the opportunity to attend a driving awareness course or be summonsed to court.

“There is no good reason to drive the wrong way down a motorway, it is extremely dangerous and no excuse could ever justify these actions. The only time it would ever be ok to do so is if police have made the area safe and they instruct you to do it."

– PC Matt Picton, Greater Manchester Police


Police say Operation Tramline a success


Greater Manchester Police traffic officers have stopped 71 people for traffic offences on the M60 motorway as part of Operation Tramline.

The covert operation began on Friday 1 May and saw officers from the Road Policing Unit patrol the M60 motorway in a HGV cab kitted out with recording equipment. The elevated position of the cab allowed officers to see into other HGVs and smaller vehicles and record offences as they were taking place.

Drivers were stopped for a number of offences including texting at the wheel, aggressive driving and reading a book at the wheel.

A total of 71 people were stopped, with 66 of them issued with tickets for driving without due care.

Inspector Susan Redfern said: “The operation has been a big success and we are delighted with how it has gone.

“We have had some good results over the course of Op Tramline and I hope that those people who have been issued with penalties take their punishments to heart and stop committing offenses that are endangering the lives of other drivers.''

M60 speed cameras 'won't be enforced until New Year'

Speed cameras Credit: MEN Syndication

A legal row over the M60 cameras means could escape speeding fines on the 50mph through road works for at least another month with virtual impunity according to the MEN.

Last week the newspaper revealed how not a single speeding fine has been issued since the first of 50 average speed cameras was installed at the beginning of November.

It’s because of a row between Highways and police chiefs about the legality of the 50mph limit which has been imposed on a 17-mile stretch of motorway from junction eight of the M60 at Stretford to junction 20 of the M62 at Rochdale as part of a £208m upgrade.

A QC has told Greater Manchester Police chiefs that the ‘temporary regulation order’ is unlawful as it’s currently worded and would fail if challenged by a motorist.

Driver makes lucky escape from car fire

The BMW ablaze in Davyhulme Credit: ITV

A driver escaped from a burning car in Greater Manchester, just moments before it was engulfed in flame.

Zuber Lulat smelled smoke inside his BMW 3-series, as he drove along the M60.

Firefighters soak what's left of the car Credit: ITV

The optician pulled off the motorway at Davyhulme, as smoke filled the back of the car. He grabbed his eye testing kit from the boot and ran clear. Seconds later, the vehicle became a mass of flame.

Firefighters arrived minutes later to drench the blaze, revealing melted plastic panels and windows. The interior was reduced to ash.

Mr Lulat told ITV News it "had not hit him" just how fortunate he was to get out. He says he is gutted to have lost his "pride and joy".

Mr Lulat ran from the car before flames took hold Credit: ITV

Man dies after lamp post collision

A man's died after his car collided with a lamp post in Manchester.

Police said his 4X4 left the M60 in Denton and then flipped over at a roundabout on Manchester Road.

The man, 64, was freed from the wreckage by firefighters but died in the Manchester Royal Infirmary a short time later.

"Our thoughts are with this man's family and friends at this tragic time, they are being supported by one of our family liaison officers."

– Sg Lee Westhead, GMP's serious collision investigation unit


Teen bridge death 'not suspicious'

An investigation is underway following the death of a boy, believed to be 16 years old after falling from a motorway bridge.

Police say at about 2am they were called to junction 21 of the M60 in Chadderton after reports someone was seen lying on the slip road. They found the body of the boy who was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

The motorway was closed for about two and a half hours while inquiries were made. There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and the matter will be referred to the coroner.

Man dies in crash on the M60

A man has died after the van he was travelling in crashed this morning on the M60 anti-clockwise, between junction 20 and 19.

Police officers attended the scene just after 6am and found that a van had been involved in a serious accident and was on its side. No other cars were involved.

Efforts were made to get the man safely out. He was taken to hospital where he later died.

The two lanes remain closed on the anti-clockwise M60 between junctions 20 and 19.

This closure is likely to remain in place for at least another hour.

A combination of the collision and the weather mean that there is now significant congestion throughout the northern and eastern sections of the M60 motorway, on both sides.

Many motorists have been caught up in the congestion and delays are expected throughout the morning.

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