‘Disgraceful and life-threatening’ – motorists furious as M6 closure near Preston causes up to 11 hour delays

Posted on - 11th September, 2022 - 8:53am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Fulwood, Garstang, Preston News, Roads, Transport, Wyre News
M6 closure Pic: Highways North West
M6 closure Pic: National Highways North West

The M6 closure this weekend has caused chaos with furious motorists claiming to have been stuck on the motorway for up to 11 hours.

National Highways North West was bombarded with complaints after initially tweeting about ‘delays of 75 minutes’.

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Oliver Kerr posted: “The prior warning for this really has not been good enough. I have two elderly relatives, one of which has terminal cancer, who have been stuck in this for hours. There is a significant difference between a 30 min delay and a 3 hour+ one.”

Helen Buckingham tweeted: “Being told about the closure BEFORE jn34 would have been helpful, I have now been in this mess for almost 2 1/2 hours.”

A spokesperson for National Highways North West responded: “I can see we do have signs set between J36 and J35 (and further north) referring to the 2 hour delay and road closure, however there are no available signs between J35 and J34 which we can utilise unfortunately.”

Olive and Jim Black Labs hit back: “Ridiculous as it was a planned closure time to put other signage in place!! It’s hot stationary and I’ve 2 dogs in my vehicle is there no help in getting us moving?”

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Many tweeted that the warnings for the closure had not been clear enough.

Tamaris Collins posted: “Set off from Keswick at 8.00am didn’t get to stockport till 3pm, 7hrs, total shambles and awful management. If it was clearly signposted etc why that amount of people travelling and no.of whom had a clue what the delay was, even Google maps didn’t know.”

Others shared stories of ruined arrangements, including one who missed Grease the Musical in London, and another who was too late to catch flights to Rome.

Ambulances were also seen on the motorway, attending to trapped motorists.

Amanzi Utilities posted: “Get a grip of this mess. Ambulances on the hard shoulder treating people. We’ve moved 3 miles in 8 hours. Still 1 and a half mile from the exit.”

Martin7 added: “Today was absolute hell. I’m a healthy grown man and even I was suffering being stuck in that for 5 hours. Can’t imagine what the elderly or children went though. Needs a major rethink how it’s done in future.”

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Some continued to give updates on progress, with Hellen Gallagher tweeting: “Home at 11pm a 1.5 hour journey took 11 yes Eleven hours.”

World War Flab asked how today would be dealt with: “What plans are in place to mitigate the disgraceful and life threatening congestion that @NationalHways have caused today? Later today you’ll see an exodus from the Lakes and the issues will be even worse. What are your plans?”

National Highways North West has been contacted for a comment.

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