Lancashire Police confirm M6 northbound has reopened after multiple collisions lead to 'absolute carnage' on Lancashire roads as snow sets in

There has been misery on the roads for Lancashire's motorists this evening as stretches of the M6 northbound were forced to close as Lancashire Police managed the scene after multiple collisions.

Sunday, 27th December 2020, 8:18 pm
Updated Sunday, 27th December 2020, 8:20 pm
Scenes on the M6 this afternoon after inclement weather conditions led to multiple collisions on stretches of the northbound carriageway between junction 29 and 30, at Preston. Pictures: Zac Wilko

Traffic has been redirected from junction nine of the M61, with congestion around the M65 and leading up to junction 30 near Preston as Lancashire Road Police attend to a number of incidents along the route.

Police have confirmed there are no serious injuries but had taken time to ensure everyone's safety at the scene.

Travellers have taken to social media to talk of delays of up to two hours as roads came to a standstill,. It understood more than 20 vehicles were involved in separate incidents folllowing a heavy burst of wintry showers just before 4pm today (December 27)

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Northwest Motorway Police issued a statement this evening reminding people in the county only to make journeys on the roads for 'essential travel.'

A spokesperson said: "Its a very wintry evening, there are numerous incidents up in the Lancashire area due to the weather please bear this in mind, if you are having to to make essential travel."

Highways England North West posted on their Twitter account at 7.40pm that the M6 junction 28 northbound was fully open.

Andrew Jardine, who is travelling on the M6 this evening posted on the platform that he had now been stuck at a standstill for more than two hours.

Delays of more than two hours have been reported on the M6 this evening after forced closures on the motorway due to multiple traffic collisions. Pictures Zac Wilko

One eye-witness alleged to having seen one vehicle hit three times after skidding in the fast lane just after junction 29.

The Met Office earlier this afternoon had issued a yellow weather warning for the north west, with forecasters predicting snow and ice showers in the Lancashire area overnight.

Lancashire Road Police have issued a statement asking all motorists to take extra care if having to travel through the evening and to adjust their driving due to the inclement weather conditions.