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.

M6 J18-J17 HGV Fire

High­ways Eng­land Traf­fic Offi­cers and Police arrived on scene and imple­mented a full south­bound clo­sure, while Fire & Res­cue dealt with the fire.

M6 Closure J18-J17 2nd Pic

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.

M6 Southbound J18-J17 3rd pic

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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