M6 motorway

M6 lorry fire: Motorway reopens after resurfacing work

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Part of the M6 southbound has reopened after being resurfaced overnight following a lorry fire, Highways England has tweeted.

The remains of the lorry
Highways England

The fire broke out early on Tuesday and closed the southbound carriageway between junction two for the M69 and junction one at Rugby.

Specialist teams were sent to the scene to recover the lorry trailer that had been carrying a "hazardous substance".

Highways England closed the southbound side from J4 to J2 just before 21:00 to carry out the works and said the total closure was removed just after 05:00.

M6 closures latest

J2 to J1 on the M6 southbound looks set to reopen following this morning's lorry fire, but emergency resurfacing works in the wake of the blaze mean disruption continues.

Here's Highways England with details:

A Highways England tweet giving details of motorway lane closures

Earlier, Highways England shared this image of the operation.

Resurfacing work under way
Highways England

M6 set for resurfacing closures after lorry fire

Work to repair the M6 southbound carriageway following a lorry blaze will take place overnight, Highways England says.

The carriageway from junction two at Coventry to junction one at Rugby has been closed since this morning after the lorry containing a "hazardous substance" caught fire.

Highways England said its officers were doing remedial work "as fast as possible" to prepare for peak times.

"However," its statement continued, "there will be a full closure for resurfacing tonight."

It advised drivers to use alternative routes.

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M6 HGV fire: Lorry was carrying 'hazardous substance'

An HGV that caught fire on the M6 earlier this morning was carrying a hazardous substance, Highways England said.

The southbound carriageway at junction two in Coventry to junction one in Rugby remains closed, with delays of about 15 minutes reported.

The remains of the lorry following the fire

Highways England said: "Specialist teams are on scene removing the contents of the lorry safely."

Motorists are advised to follow diversion routes out of the area.

Burnt-out lorry on motorway
Highways England

Stuck traffic released after M6 crash

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Drivers are being told to avoid the M6 northbound in Staffordshire as the carriageway's still shut after a crash this morning.

Traffic between J14 and J15
Highways England

The collision happened just after 07:00 between J14 and J15, near Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford.

Traffic which was trapped in lanes one and two is currently being released by Highways England.

Once that's done, the organisation says it'll release drivers stuck in the contraflow, part of long-term roadworks on the M6.

Your say on smart motorways: 'Incredibly vulnerable'


Plenty of you have had your say on the BBC Midlands Facebook page on the subject of smart motorways and how safe they are.

The transport secretary has said they're going to be reviewed following concerns, adding: "We know people are dying on smart motorways."

There are two types of smart motorway in the UK: The first is where the hard shoulder is opened to traffic when it is busy, and the second is where the hard shoulder is open all the time.

A smart motorway

On Facebook, Justyna Machaj posted: "I use the M6 every day and I don't find it confusing at all - it's very convenient when it is busy and the hard shoulder can be used as an additional lane."

But Mark Brindley wrote: "Hard shoulder should NEVER been taken away. In busy times we need it for what they were designed for emergency use only."

Matthew Ashton added: "Not saying I'd of died but the hard shoulder saved my life when I had a bad crash on the M6 as the emergency services could attend quicker.".

Paul Snape typed: "Smart motorways are fine until you break down and are then stranded in lane one, which used to be a hard shoulder. Until the cameras notice you and chuck the lane closure in, you’re incredibly vulnerable."