M61 closed at Chorley for emergency repairs to damaged road surface

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A 'defect' in the road has forced Highways to close the M61 at Chorley this morning.


The closure applies to the southbound entry slip road at junction 8 (Chorley, A6).

Highways said the closure is due to a 'defect in the road surface' which requires emergency repairs.

It means traffic is unable to join the motorway in Chorley, forcing motorists to travel to junction 6 (Bolton North, Horwich) to join the M61.

People can also head north on the A6 to join the southbound M61 at junction 9 (Blackburn, Burnley, M65) at Walton Summit.

The closure is leading to severe congestion, with heavy traffic queuing along A674 Millennium Way and the A6.

The M61 southbound has been shut at Chorley due to a 'defect' in the road surface. Pic: Google

The M61 southbound has been shut at Chorley due to a 'defect' in the road surface. Pic: Google

Traffic officers are at the scene managing traffic.

Highways said congestion is expected to continue until around 8.45am, with an average delay of 10 minutes against expected traffic.

UPDATE: 9.36am - The works have now been completed and the southbound entry slip road at junction 8 has now re opened.