These were the M55 diversions this morning after motorway closed due to 'police incident'

The M55 was closed and a diversion was put in place due to a police incident near Kirkham.

By Sean Gleaves
Wednesday, 7th October 2020, 8:59 am

Motorists travelling in both directions on the M55 were halted by police due to a "police incident" at around 6.30am this morning (October 7).

Highways officers and emergency services were at the scene - located between junctions 3 (Wesham Interchange) and 4 (Marton Interchange).

Severe delays and congestion followed the closure and motorists were asked to avoid the area.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

A diversion was put in place to remove road users trapped on the motorway, but Highways England have now confirmed the M55 has reopened in both directions.

A spokesman for Highways England said: "The M55 has now been re-opened in both directions between J3 (Wesham) and J4 (Peel Hill) following the earlier police incident.

"Thanks for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience."

Here were the diversions that were put in place during the incident:

Delays are expected in the area and motorists have been asked to avoid the area.

- Road users caught within the closure of the eastbound carriageway will be removed via u-turning from the rear of the queue. Please remain with your vehicle and await instructions from Highways England Traffic Officers or Lancashire Police officers.

- A diversion is in operation for road users on the A5230 and A583 approaching J4.

- At the Marton Interchange follow the route marked with a hollow diamond symbol on local road signs. This will guide traffic on to the A583 Preston New Road south towards Kirkham.

- At Whitehill's Park roundabout take the first exit to remain on the A583 Preston New Road. Remain on the A583 Preston New Road and continue on to Blackpool Road.

Motorists travelling in both directions on the M55 were halted by police due to a "police incident".

- At the roundabout with the A585/B5259 take the first exit on to the A585 northbound. Continue on the A585 northbound to join the M55 at J3.

- For westbound M55 traffic when at J3 exit and at the roundabout take the second exit to re-join the M55.

Road users are advised to allow plenty of additional time for their journey and consider alternative routes (where possible) or delaying their journey until the incident has been resolved and the delays have cleared.

Keep up to date with this incident by clicking HERE.