Live updates

ELECTRIFYING - your views of the lightning storm

Lightning over Bolton Credit: Ashley Prince, Bolton
Robbie Kirk, Newton Le Willows Credit: Robbie Kirk, Newton Le Willows
Kelsey Thomson, Burnley Credit: Kelsey Thomson
Rob Stevens, Bury Credit: Rob Stevens, Bury
Jasmin Dawson, Rochdale Credit: Jasmin Dawson, Rochdale
Tricia De Grae, Urmston Credit: Tricia De Grae, Urmston
Nick Coleman, Urmston Credit: Nick Coleman, Urmston
Tom Nokes, Oldham Credit: Tom Nokes, Oldham

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

Credit: Manchester Evening News

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.

Advertisement

Serious collision involving HGVs leaves heavy delays on M6

Credit: Manchester Evening News

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

Credit: PA Images

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

M60 Credit: PA Images

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).

  1. National

£38bn rail revamp 'reset' over costs and delays

Credit: PA

A £38 billion five-year Government plan with Network Rail to overhaul Britain's railways is being "reset" because it is "costing more and taking longer", Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has told MPs.

He said that electrification work is being "paused" on the Midland mainline and on the Transpennine route between Leeds and Manchester.

Mr McLoughlin blamed Network Rail for the problems and told MPs none of the executive directors would get a bonus for the past year.

Network Rail chairman Richard Parry-Jones is to step down and will be replaced by London's Transport Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy, Mr McLoughlin said.

Important aspects of Network Rail's investment programme are costing more and taking longer. Electrification is difficult. The UK supply chain for the complex signalling works needs to be stronger, construction rates have been slow.

It has taken longer to obtain planning consents from some local authorities than expected.

But that is no excuse - all of these problems could and should have been foreseen by Network Rail. So I want to inform the House of the action I am taking to reset this programme and get it back on track.

– Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin

Advertisement

TRAVEL: Rail disruption on Merseyside

Disruption on Merseyrail between Birkenhead Central and Liverpool Lime Street, and between Birkenhead North and Liverpool Lime Street due to fire alarms sounding at Liverpool James Street.

All Wirral lines are currently disrupted and services are subject to delays of 50 minutes and cancellations at short notice. Disruption is expected until around 07:30

Traffic Update: delays on M60 affecting travellers to Manchester Airport

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

Credit: PA Images

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.

Load more updates