Massive queues on Lancashire motorways as daytrippers head out

Massive tailbacks were building up today in Lancashire as Bank Holiday motorists headed for tourist hotspots

Friday, 19th April 2019, 12:27 pm
Updated Friday, 19th April 2019, 3:59 pm
Motorway congestion

Huge congestion was reported on the M6 and M61 northbound towards Preston, Blackpool, Lancaster and the Lake District.

Lancashire police assistant chief constable Terry Woods tweeted: "Not seen traffic congestion so early on Bank Holiday for a long time on M6 & M61.

"Massive queues already from Nr Wigan towards Lancaster and back to Chorley on M61.

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Northbound traffic queuing near Preston today. Picture: Sue Byers

"Will only get worse."

An accident near junction 31 of the M6 at Samlesbury aggravated matters.

At around 11.15am today, there were severe delays and stop-start traffic on M6 Northbound between Junction 26 (Orrell Interchange) and Junction 30 (M61).

The travelling time between the two points was around 1 hour 15 minutes according to the AA.

Northbound traffic on the M61 was queuing back to the Chorley area.