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M6 reopens after Thelwall Viaduct defect repaired

Damage to the Thelwall Viaduct Image copyright NW Motorway Police
Image caption Several grid plates had become loose and lifted out onto the road, police said

A stretch of the M6 in Cheshire that was closed after a defect appeared on the Thelwall Viaduct has reopened.

There were severe delays as engineers carried out emergency repairs to several grid plates which became loose and lifted out on to the road.

An expansion joint which mitigates against movement "failed", Highways England said.

The closure at junction 19 has been lifted and one lane has reopened at junction 20, motorway police added.

Two lanes will remain closed between junctions 20 and 21 for ongoing repairs.

Image copyright Cheshire Police
Image caption Emergency repairs were carried out between junctions 20 and 21

The carriageway had been shut since 13:00 BST between junctions 19 and 21, causing "severe traffic in the area", police said.

Driver Terence McGuire‏ tweeted that he had spent almost four hours in the queue.

Police tweeted "a huge thank you" to the public for their patience.

Image copyright Highways England
Image caption Driver Terence McGuire‏ tweeted that he had spent almost four hours in the queue

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