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M56 "major incident" - police advise motorists to stay in their cars as travel problems grow on roads and rail

Credit: Carl Rowson @CarlEFC1984

Motorists caught in a "major incident" on the M56 are being urged to return to their vehicles after a tanker overturned earlier.

People have also been told not to block the hard shoulder or walk in live lanes on the motorway as Cheshire Police try to contain the incident.

The tanker overturned on the M56 causing traffic chaos between Junction11 and Junction 14. Credit: Adam McClean

There are major tailbacks on the motorway as rush hour traffic builds up and police say the motorway could be closed for several hours this evening.

An 1800 meter cordon has been put in place after the tanker spilled liquid onto the carriageway. Police say they are still awaiting confirmation of what substance was spilled.

Credit: Carl Rowson @CarlEFC1984

Traffic has been turned around on the Westbound carriageway and diversions are in place to take traffic away from the area but motorists are being advised to avoid the M56.

Trains have also been affected with the Liverpool to Runcorn line closed. Arriva Trains Wales are reporting major disruption on services between Chester and Manchester Piccadilly and no trains will run between Chester and Warrington Bank Quay.

M56 closed in both directions after tanker overturns

The M56 has been closed in both directions after a tanker overturned on the Eastbound carriageway.

There are reports of very slow traffic due to the overturned vehicle between Junction 14 for the A5117 at Hapsford and Junction 12 for the A557 (Runcorn).



Sinkhole latest - Mancunian Way contraflow back in operation with 20mph speed limit

The huge sinkhole first caused travel chaos in August. Credit: ITV News.

The westbound carriageway of the Mancunian Way has reopened after yesterday's closure caused by the sinkhole.

The carriageway is now open again, with a contraflow enabling traffic to move in both directions , while the eastbound carriageway remains closed.

A 20mph speed limit will remain in force on the westbound carriageway, and heavy goods vehicles will not be able to use the road.

"The westbound carriageway had to be closed yesterday due to safety concerns, after a hole appeared within an existing work compound, in an area that was being excavated to repair the original highway collapse. "We worked closely with United Utilities who, like us, treated this as an urgent priority and have now been able to reinforce the hole. This has now been successful and we have been able to reopen the westbound carriageway. I would like to apologise to motorists for the inconvenience that this caused them."

– Manchester City Council spokesman
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