Drivers in Lancashire and Cumbria are being advised that the northbound M6 between junctions 35 at Carnforth and 36 for Kendal is likely to remain closed until early evening following this morning’s serious accident (Monday 25 February).
Drivers are being urged to check traffic conditions before setting on on journeys involving the northbound M6.
A number vehicles were involved in a collision in traffic at around 8.15am near the Lancaster Canal bridge north of Burton-in-Kendal services.
Cumbria Police officers are still at the scene conducting an investigation into the incident. Most of the vehicles involved in the collision have now been removed from the area.
Highways Agency traffic officers and the police worked through the morning to free drivers stuck between junction 35 and the incident. Highways Agency contractors opened a central reservation gate south of the incident and drivers were guided through the gate onto the southbound carriageway. Lane three of the northbound carriageway was also opened past the incident scene to help free the trapped traffic and by 11.45am all vehicles had been freed.
A diversion is in place from junction 35 with drivers being urged to follow the ‘solid black triangle’ – taking them via the A601(M) onto the northbound A6 through Milnthorpe and onto the eastbound A590 for junction 36.
Traffic along the diversion route is likely to be very heavy and drivers may wish to avoid the area and seek an alternative route or delay their journeys.
Drivers of lorries such as ‘Tautliner’ curtain-sided lorries over 16′ high and 12′ 3″ wide feet are being reminded to use the A6070 route through Burton-in-Kendal instead of the A6 route through Milnthorpe. A weight restriction on the A6070 has been temporarily lifted.
Highways Agency Traffic Officers from the outstations at Millness and Samlesbury have been at the scene all day helping to manage traffic. Colleagues at the North West Regional Control Centre at Newton-le-Willows and the National Traffic Operations Centre at Birmingham have set signs across the local, regional and national motorway network to advise drivers of the closure.
The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website www.highways.gov.uk/traffic, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone. Local Twitter services are also available at @HAtraffic_nwest and @HAtraffic_pen9 for transpennine routes.
Providing they can do so safely, road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line (0300 123 5000) to keep up to date with road conditions.