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Travel: M62 motorway closed for emergency electrical works

Credit: Highways England

Motorists heading to the Little Mix concert in Huddersfield tonight are being urged to leave extra travel time due to closure of the M62.

Emergency electric works are being carried out on the road between J24 (Ainley Top) and J25 (Brighouse) after power cables fell onto the carriageway.

Highways England says diversions are in place.

More than 28,000 people are expected to attend the Little Mix concert which is the first major gig at John Smith's Stadium for over a decade.


TRAVEL UPDATE: Motorists warned of severe delays on M62

Motorists are being warned to expect eight mile tailbacks on the westbound M62 in West Yorkshire due to an earlier lorry fire.

Editorial image Credit: ITV Yorkshire

It happened between junction 23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and junction 22 A672 (Rishworth Moor) earlier today Tuesday June 19.

There is congestion to junction 26 M606 / A58 Whitehall Road / A638 Bradford Road (Chain Bar).

The lorry has now been recovered from the hard shoulder and all lanes have re-opened.

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Northern Rail announces changes to timetable to tackle disruption

David Brown, Managing Director, Northern Credit: Northern

Northern has announced that it will make temporary changes to its timetable to tackle the problem of last minute rail cancellations.

Beginning on Monday, and lasting until the end of July, Northern say they will temporarily remove six percent of their daily train services, which amounts to a hundred and sixty five out of two thousand eight hundred daily services.

The company says that this will enable them to stabilise service levels and start to reduce the number of last minute cancellations, and that though In the short-term they will be running fewer services, it will still be more than before the May timetable change. The full timetable service will resume by the end of July.

What areas are affected?

Lakes Line

For an initial period of two weeks, we are removing all services on the Lakes Line to and from Preston, Lancaster and Oxenholme and will, instead, operate a replacement bus service to keep people who live, work and visit the Lake District on the move.


In and around Blackpool we are reducing services between Blackpool South and Preston, Preston and Colne and will remove a small number of off-peak services between Blackpool North and Manchester Airport. Other services between Blackpool North and Manchester Piccadilly will start/terminate at Manchester Oxford Road.


There will be reductions between Ormskirk and Preston and a small number between Blackburn and Southport via Manchester Victoria, whilst many services on the Lancaster to Morecambe line will be removed.


We have reduced services on the Kirkby to Manchester Victoria line via Wigan, and the number of trains operating each day between Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge.

Liverpool City Region

Additionally, as already extensively communicated, there is a closure of Liverpool Lime Street for two months whilst significant work takes place on resignalling and remodelling of the infrastructure. We have reduced services during this interim period as a result of this closure. This will see three trains per hour run between Liverpool and Wigan/Manchester Victoria.

On a number of these routes there will be alternative rail services available, as well as other modes of transport. Where available, rail replacement buses will also operate on affected routes with details provided locally for customers.

– Northern Statement

We have been experiencing some significant disruption to train services, especially around north Manchester, Bolton, Liverpool, Blackpool and up to the Lake District. I’d like to apologise for this unacceptable situation and for the disruption and inconvenience many passengers have faced. We’re truly sorry for this and are working hard to fix this.

Again I would like to apologise on behalf of Northern for the unacceptable service many customers have been subject to. We are absolutely committed to resolving the service issues, and the interim plan will help ensure we start to get back on track and start to give customers more certainty around the services we operate.

– David Brown, Managing Director, Northern
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