18 December 2019 10:32
THE Chorley sliproad exit on the M61 southbound is currently closed. There are emergency repairs taking place at junction 8, which links onto Millennium Way, and this is causing a large build up of traffic. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible. There is also heavy congestion at the connecting junction with the M65. A Highways England spokesman said traffic at that exit is set to return to normal by 8.15am.
Coming to you with all the latest news and traffic updates from Lancashire. We'll be keeping an eye on Lancashire's motorway network, roads, railways and news taking place in the county and reporting it live. We will be covering all areas, including Preston, Blackburn, Burnley, Lancaster, Blackpool, Chorley, Morecambe, West Lancashire, Ribble Valley and more. Keep updated by following our live blog, as we'll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video this morning. For the latest news and breaking news visit the LancsLive website. Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. To keep updated, follow LancsLive on Facebook and @LiveLancs on Twitter. Have you got news for us? Contact our newsdesk on [email protected] 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 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.