M6 Closure Southbound M6 J18-J17, Cheshire. Saturday 22nd October 2016
The M6 was closed Southbound between Junction 18 (near Holmes Chapel) and Junction 17 (near Sandbach) due to a heavy goods vehicle fire.
At approximately 05:36 on Saturday 22nd October 2016, North West Motorway Police Group and Cheshire Fire and Rescue made our colleagues at the Highways England North West Regional Control Centre aware of a vehicle fire on the M6 and requested assistance to close the carriageway.
It was confirmed from scene that a Heavy Goods Vehicle had caught fire. The lorry was loaded with 26 tonnes of paper. There was also a diesel spillage and considerable debris reported. Thankfully, there were no injuries.
Highways England Traffic Officers and Police arrived on scene and implemented a full southbound closure, while Fire & Rescue dealt with the fire.
A signed diversion route was promptly implemented. Traffic was instructed to follow the Solid Black Square symbol, to leave the M6 at J18 and take the A54 heading east to Holmes Chapel, the A50 (Newcastle Road) until the junction with the A534, then head west on the A534 (Congleton Road) which returned traffic to the M6 at Junction 17.
Highways England worked hard with our partners and the emergency services to help release those motorists caught inside the closure of the motorway.
Throughout the duration of the motorway closure, information was provided to our customers in real-time via our electronic Variable Message Signs (VMS) above the carriageway, via the media, on our Twitter accounts, via the Highways England websites and to customers calling our Customer Contact Centre.
Due to the intensity of the fire it took some considerable time for the fire service to get the blaze under control and ‘dampen down’ the remains of the HGV. Once this had taken place, Fire & Rescue left scene at approx. 07:54
Lane 3 re-opened at approx. 08:10. Lane 1 & 2 remained closed for removal of the HGV’s remains.
The HGV & Trailer were recovered at approx.12:40.
The carriageway was then assessed and it was established that lane 1 required resurfacing.
Lane 2 re-opened shortly after 13:00, and this allowed congestion on the approach to this incident to ease.
Lane 1 remained closed. Lane 2 was closed (again) at approx. 17:39, so that the carriageway surface of lane 1 could be dug up, removed and resurfaced. Lane 2 was closed to enable our contractors to work safely at scene.
Lane 2 re-opened at 21:47. Lane 1 remained closed for the resurfacing work to be completed.
All lanes re-opened at 23:10, with no delays visible on CCTV
If you were affected by this closure Highways England would like to thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this event.
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