Recap: M6 closed due to trailer detaching from lorry

UPDATE: Highways England have confirmed all lanes have reopened (as of 00.24am on Monday December 3).

The M6 motorway is closed due to a lorry’s load becoming unsecured in North Staffordshire tonight (Sunday December 2). The main carriageway is closed due to a broken down lorry on the M6 Northbound at J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slip roads and the Hanchurch roundabout.

A lorry’s trailer has become unsecured and lifting equipment is required to re-secure it, according to traffic data company Inrix. The issue was first reported shortly after 9.30pm – with Traffic England and Inrix confirming the closure remained in place as of 11pm. Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group say the carriageway will reopen by 1.30am on Monday morning (December 3).

A spokesman said: “All lanes closed from junction 15 while vehicle recovered. Estimated time to reopen 01.30am. “Driver has been reported for having a dangerous load and a vehicle in a dangerous condition.”

Delays of 30 minutes are currently reported – with Highways England there are queues almost two miles long. A Highways England spokesman said: “M6 is closed northbound within J15 Stoke-on-Trent due to broken down HGV requiring specialist recovery. Traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slip roads at J15.

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“Delays building on the approach to the closure point.

Please allow for extra journey time. “Approximately 1 3/4 miles of queuing traffic on the M6 northbound, approaching J15 near Stoke-on-Trent. We’re diverting traffic off and around J15 while we deal with a stranded HGV that needs to have it’s load removed and then re-positioned. ”

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