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Smithdown Road closed in both directions after accident

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Police have closed off Smithdown Road in Liverpool in both direction after a road traffic accident.

Bus services have been affected:

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We will bring you more information when we have it.

Update: Serious collision between five HGVs closes M6 and leaves miles of tailbacks

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The M6 has ground to a halt after a serious collision involving five HGVs near Sandbach in Cheshire.

Tailbacks are stretching for miles on The Northbound carriageway which is closed between junctions 16 and 17 following the incident at 11am this morning.

One driver is believed to be seriously injured and has been airlifted to hospital in Stoke.

Emergency services are on the scene and an investigation has begun. Cheshire Police have urged drivers to avoid the area with diversions in place.

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Serious collision involving HGVs leaves heavy delays on M6

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An incident involving 5 HGVs on the M6 motorway has halted traffic and caused major tailbacks.

The collision happened just North of Sandbach Services on the Northbound side. That side of the motorway is now closed and fire and rescue teams are on the scene.

Motorists are being urged to avoid the area while emergency services deal with the incident.

Traffic Updates: lane closures after accidents on the M62 and M56

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One lane is closed and there's slow traffic due to an accident with three vehicles involved on the M62 Westbound at Junction 6 for the M57 / A5080 / A5300 Knowsley Expressway (Tarbock Island). Lane one (of three) is closed away from Warrington towards Liverpool.

There's also a lane closed due to an accident on the M56 Westbound between Junction 11 for the A56 (Preston Brook) and Junction 12 for the A557 (Runcorn). Lane three is closed heading away from Manchester towards Runcorn although traffic is said to be coping well.

Traffic update: rush hour problems on motorways

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One lane is blocked due to an accident with two vehicles involved on the M6 Southbound between Junction 19 for the A556 (Knutsford) and Junction 18 for the A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).

There are also reports of a lane blocked on the M60 exit slip road at Junction 12 for the M62 / M602 (Eccles Interchange).

On the M66 Southbound the exit slip road is closed due to animals on road at Junction 3 (Hollins).

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Traffic Update: Heavy delays on M6 for Cheshire Show and M60 after accident

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There are reports of severe delays on the M6 around Knutsford as traffic for the Cheshire Show builds up.

Traffic is queuing on the exit slip road and on the carriageway both ways on the M6 at Junction 19 for the A556 stretching South to Junction 18 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) for the A54 and North to Junction 23 for the A580 (Haydock).

Surrounding routes are also congested including Chester Road.

Meahwhile on the M60 an accident at Junction 5 for the A5103 (Princess Parkway) has caused heavy traffic with one lane closed on the exit slip road.

Traffic jams in the region are getting worse says new report

Traffic jams in Manchester and Liverpool are getting worse according to a new survey. During the rush hour drivers can expect to face journey times more than 70 per cent longer then normal.

In the worst-congested cities, evening rush-hour journeys are taking more than 70% longer than they would in free-flowing traffic, the poll by traffic information company TomTom found.

Congestion levels have got worse over the past year in:

  • London
  • Brighton and Hove
  • Nottingham, Leicester
  • Birmingham
  • Portsmouth
  • Cardiff
  • Belfast
  • Edinburgh
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle
  • Glasgow
  • Southampton

TomTom Traffic vice-president Ralf-Peter Schaefer said: "Road authorities and local governments can use traffic data to better manage traffic flow and businesses can plan smarter working hours, so their employees avoid travelling during the rush-hour."

Traffic update - M65 Eastbound

Queueing traffic and road closed due to accident, two lorries involved on M65 Eastbound between J1 M6 ( Lostock Hall) and J2 M61 (Clayton Brook). One of the lorries is reported to have overturned. Affecting traffic towards the M61. Separate from the broken down vehicle on the opposite carriageway.

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