Police incident shuts northbound motorway

The M61 is closed northbound due to a police incident this evening.

Sunday, 23rd December 2018, 6:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 5:00 pm
Police are dealing with an incident on the M61 near Chorley

In a statement, at just after 6.30pm, Highways England said: "There is an North West Motorway Police incident on the M61 northbound within J8 Chorley.

"Traffic is being held on the main carriageway.

The police tweeted: "Blocks will be released shortly. we are just making the hard shoulder safe for emergency service workers and other vehicles that are currently on there."

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The M62 is also busy heading out of Manchester this evening.

By 7.15pm the agency said it had started to release trapped traffic, but there were unconfirmed reports of a breakdown in the stationary traffic.