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Highways Agency advise commuters to avoid M56

The Highways Agency is asking commuters heading home along the M56 in Cheshire on Tuesday to avoid the area if possible.

The motorway was closed after an accident this morning, and while one lane has reopened, two are closed for recovery and investigation work.

The statement reads:

"Drivers heading towards Chester and North Wales this evening are being advised that the carriageway is unlikely to be fully re-opened before 6pm and should avoid this section of the M56 if possible – seeking alternative routes or delaying their journeys. People used to joining the westbound carriageway at junction 12 should also be aware that this will remain closed too for safety reasons until the repairs are completed and the whole carriageway is re-opened.

Drivers are urged to check traffic conditions before setting out on journeys. The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website www.highways.gov.uk/traffic, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone. Local Twitter services are also available at @HAtraffic_nwest and @HAtraffic_pen9 for transpennine routes.

Providing they can do so safely, road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line (0300 123 5000) to keep up to date with road conditions."

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Diversion around junction 12 of M56

The Highways Agency is advising drivers to avoid the M56 westbound between junctions 12 and 14 after a lorry hit motorway barriers. A large amount of diesel fuel and engine oil has been spilled across the carriageway.

A statement said "An official diversion is in place with drivers being advised to follow the ‘hollow black circle’ symbol from junction 12 taking them back onto the motorway at junction 14 via the southbound A557, westbound A56 (parallel to the motorway) and northbound A5117.

The diversion is not suitable for any vehicles over 14 feet and 6 inches long. If possible, to avoid queuing along the diversion route, drivers are advised to totally avoid the area and seek alternative routes or delay their journeys."

Delays as M56 closed after lorry hits barriers

The M56 is closed westbound near Runcorn at junction 12 after police received a report of a lorry hitting the barrier, and coming off the carriageway.

Motorists are being advised to avoid the area and expect long delays.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact Cheshire Police on the non emergency number 101, quoting incident number 211 of 12/08/2014.

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