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M62 Eastbound closed near Rochdale

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There are delays on the M62 Eastbound this morning after overrunning roadworks has kept the motorway closed.

It's affecting the stretch between Simister Island and Rochdale, with congestion stretching on the M61 to J2, and on M60 to J14.

Highways England say there are problems laying the tarmac.

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Snow and ice causing Boxing Day travel disruption

CCTV image from Highways England showing delays due to bad weather on M62 Credit: Highways England

Snow and ice have caused travel disruption in parts of the region today.

New Hey Road (A640) has closed between Marsden Gate and the junction with Rochdale Road in Denshaw due to snow, with a number of vehicles reported to be stuck.

Highways England has said motorists can also expect delays of up to 90 mins on the M62 where weather conditions are continuing to be harsh.

Delays on M62 as police incident closes both carriageways

The road is closed in both directions between junction 18 and junction 19. Credit: Highways England

The M62 carriageway has been closed in both directions between junction 18 at Simister Island and junction 19 at Heywood due to a police incident.

Greater Manchester Police said the incident was "fast moving" and hoped the road will be reopened as soon as possible.

There were tailbacks to junction 14 on the eastbound carriageway and junction 20 on the westbound carriageway.

An alternative route has been posted on the Highways England website.

The road has now reopened.

Police catch truck driver checking Facebook on the motorway

Police caught truck driver checking Facebook while driving on the motorway Credit: MEN SYNDICATION

A lorry driver was photographed appearing to check Facebook on the motorway.

The man was captured on a camera attached to an undercover police vehicle, which pulled alongside the HGV on the M62.

Officers said the driver seemed to be using the social network on his phone.

GMP Traffic shared an image of the motorist in the lorry’s cab, holding a phone, on Twitter.Police officers tweeted the picture on Sunday and added the message: “Friend request? HGV driver looks like he’s on Facebook whilst on the M62. Filmed with our covert HGV on #OpTramline.”

GMP Traffic confirmed that the driver was pulled over but it is not yet known if he was arrested.

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M62 westbound closed 'for hours' due to crash

The M62 has been closed westbound Credit: Steve Balfe/Twitter

The M62 has been closed westbound after a lorry crash.

The collision happened between J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) next to Scammonden water at around 12.30pm.

A car transporter was one of the vehicles involved and all traffic heading towards Manchester has been held while the scene is assessed.

The air ambulance has been called to the carriageway and has landed.

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