Tanker spillage causes M6 closure near Junction 31

Posted on - 1st November, 2011 - 12:24pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Transport
m6 junction 29 closure

View up the M6 where it has been closed at Junction 29 and traffic building on the slip road. Photo taken by Kevin Miller.

Two lanes of the M6 have reopened after a tanker spillage caused the motorway to be shut for over five hours causing traffic chaos in and around Preston.


Lancashire Police confirmed just after 4pm the third and fourth lane between Junction 29-31 had reopened on Lancashire’s main motorway artery.

The motorway was closed northbound from Junction 29 just after 10am when a tanker spilt its load across the carriageway, swamping it in waste solvent.

Lancashire Police said at 2.15pm two lanes were due to be reopened but retracted this statement at 2.30pm and said all four lanes would be closed for some time.

Diversions were put in place but soon all of the A roads in the surrounding area were clogged up.

This Storify below shows official tweets about the spillage and reaction from drivers about their journey

Are you caught up in the traffic congestion? Let us know in the comments below

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