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Traffic Update: problems mount on motorways around Greater Manchester after accidents

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Traffic is building up on motorways around Greater Manchester after several accidents on major routes.

On the M6 traffic has built up after the road was closed due to an accident on the Southbound side between Junction 19 for the A556 (Knutsford) and Junction 18 for the A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). All the lanes have been re-opened but there are long delays heading back towards Manchester.

On the M60 one lane has been closed due to an accident heading clockwise at Junction 12 for the M62 / M602 (Eccles Interchange). Congestion is stretching back to Junction 9 for the A5081 / B5158 (Trafford Park).

Also The M62 Eastbound is partially blocked with very slow traffic due to an accident involving two lorries at Junction 19 for the A6046 (Heywood).

Manx Electric Railway suspended after tram derails

The Manx Electric Railway have suspended services between Laxey and Ramsey following a tram derailment.

Tram no. 58 came off the tracks and toppled onto its side just beyond the Laxey station at around 10.10am.

The tram trailer was not in service at the time of the incident, with no passengers on board.

A full investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the derailment, tram services will resume tomorrow afternoon, a road closure will be required later today to enable engineers to recover the trailer.

Isle of Man Railways has apologised to customers for any inconvenience.


Traffic Update: accidents cause problems on motorways

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Traffic is queueing due to a rolling road block after an accident involving a car and a lorry on the M62 Westbound between Junction 21 for the A640 (Milnrow) and Junction 20 for the A627(M) Rochdale. Speed is down to 40mph causing delays of 15 minutes. Emergency services are on the scene.

Traffic is also building up on the due to a rolling road block and accident on the M60 anticlockwise between Junction 16 for the A666 (Pendlebury) and Junction 15 for the M61 (Swinton Interchange). Traffic has been stopped whilst police move vehicles to the hard shoulder. Traffic was already heavy in the area.

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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.

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

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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
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