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Lanes reopen on the M6 following fuel spill

One lane has now reopened northbound and southbound on the M6 following a collision on the central reservation.

The M6 was earlier closed in both directions following a collision with a HGV which hit the central reservation.

It occurred at 11.58am on the southbound carriageway between junctions 20, Lymm interchange, and 19, Knutsford.

A quantity of fuel spilled onto the road and as a result the carriageway was closed in both directions. There are no reports of any injuries.

Local diversions are in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area. At this stage we do not know how long it will be closed for, but will update when possible.

Meanwhile junction 26 at Orrell link road is closed for the rest of the day due to an overturned lorry with emergency bridge repairs expected.

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The M6 has now opened between junctions 19 and 20, with the hard shoulder being used to allow traffic to pass the scene. Long delays are still expected.

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M6 shut in both directions following fuel spill

The M6 is currently closed in both directions following a collision with a HGV which has hit the central reservation.

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The crash happened at 11.58am on the southbound carriageway between junctions 20, Lymm interchange, and 19, Knutsford.

A quantity of fuel has split onto the road and as a result the carriageway is closed in both directions. There are no reports of any injuries.

Local diversions are in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area. At this stage we do not know how long it will be closed for, but will update when possible.

24-hour rail and bus strike today will affect transport

Workers at railway operators are to stage another strike today in bitter disputes over the role of guards and driver-only operation of trains.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) will strike for 24 hours on Merseyrail and Arriva Rail North on November 8.

The union said it had made "every single effort" to resolve the disputes, accusing the train operators of "suspending" normal industrial relations.

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IoM's Manannan ferry tugged to Liverpool after technical issue

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A ferry from the Isle of Man to Liverpool took eight hours to berth last night due to a technical fault.

The Manannan left Douglas at 2:45pm, but an hour later a failure of one of the components in the ride control system forced crew to use reduced power.

Port Authorities in Liverpool (Mersey VTS) advised that they would not allow Manannan to approach the River Mersey channel without assistance from a tug.

The allocated tug was delayed and Manannan arrived at 22:30pm.

We would like to sincerely apologise to all those affected by the failure of this component for the initial delay to their journey. While Manannan's ability to manoeuvre has been slightly affected, the insistence by Mersey VTS that Manannan be escorted up the river to her berth by a tug has imposed a significant additional delay. We had already arranged for tug assistance at the berth. Manannan has no sailings scheduled for the next two days and the failed component will be quickly replaced on her return by our shore-based engineers.

– IOM Steam Packet Co. Chief Executive Mark Woodward

Isle of Man sailings likely to be disrupted tomorrow

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Sailings to and from the Isle of Man are likely to be disrupted as Storm Brian is expected to hit the island on Saturday.

A final decision will be made by the Steam Packet Company by 6am tomorrow morning for the Douglas to Heysham crossing at 8:45 and return sailing from Heysham at 14:15.

The storm, which comes just days after Storm Ophelia could also affect further sailings.

  • Douglas – Liverpool 21st October at 10:00, and return sailing from Liverpool at 19:15 - final decision to be made at 8am.
  • Douglas – Heysham 21st October at 20:00, and return sailing from Heysham 22nd October at 02:15 - final decision at 17:00 tomorrow evening.

The company say any passengers booked on these sailings and wishing to change their bookings, can amend them online through their online account.

Alternatively contact the Steam Packet reservations team on 01624 661661 or 08722 992 992 to make alternative arrangements.

For further information visit the company website.

Arriva North West bus drivers walk out over pay

No Arriva bus services will run in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or parts of Cheshire today. Credit: PA Images

No Arriva bus services will run in Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or parts of Cheshire today because more than 2,000 bus drivers and engineering staff at Arriva North West have walked out in the first of three one-day strikes.

Arriva Buses Wales services that run through Cheshire will operate as normal. A number of services from the Chester depot will also run as normal. They are the 1, 1A, 15, 15A, DB1, DB2, DB4, 3, 3A, 4, 4A, 10, 10A, 82 and services coming into Chester from Wrexham and Rhyl.

Members of the GMB and Unite unions have taken industrial action in an ongoing row over pay. They will also strike on Monday 23 October and Monday 30 October.

Bus depots in Birkenhead, Bolton, Bootle, Macclesfield, Runcorn, St Helens, Speke, Southport, Winsford and Wythenshaw are all affected.

Unite said talks over pay had broken down.

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