Two vehicles collided on the carriageway at around 6.30pm this morning (Friday 13 March). Greater Manchester Police is currently carrying out an incident investigation while Highways Agency contractors are at the scene repairing the central reservation safety barrier. The safety barrier in the hard shoulder is also in need of repair and a full or partial closure of the clockwise carriageway is likely to continue for several hours.
Highways Agency traffic officers from the outstation at Milnrow have been at the scene helping to manage traffic with an ‘up and over’ diversion in place using the junction exit and entry slip roads to help drivers bypass the incident scene. However, congestion in the area remains very heavy with clockwise M60 and southbound M66 routes particularly affected and drivers are being urged to avoid the area if possible.
Highways Agency traffic officers at the North West regional control centre at Newton-le-Willows and colleagues at the National Traffic Operations Centre near Birmingham have set signs across the local, regional and wider motorway network to advise drivers of the closure.
Drivers are urged to check travel conditions before setting out on journeys.
The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone. Local Twitter services are also available at @HAtraffic_nwest, @HAtraffic_yorks and @HAtraffic_pen9 for transpennine routes.
Providing they can do so safely, road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line (0300 123 5000) to keep up to date with road conditions.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.