UPDATED 22.40: THE Northbound carriageway of the M6 Thelwall Viaduct has finally been re-opened following emergency repairs which caused traffic chaos across Warrington.
Traffic was brought to a standstill on the northbound carriageway of the M6 at the Lymm interchange shortly before 1pm earlier today following multiple reports to police of an object in the carriageway on the M6 Northbound, Thelwall Viaduct.
Officers attended the scene and it was found that a number of grid plates had become loose and lifted out onto the road. Highways engineers attended to carry out emergency roadworks, which rusluted in full lane closures.
The incident resulted in severe traffic in the area, with queues back to junction 19 on the M6 and junction 10 on the M56.
The closure had a major impact on roads in and around Warrington area, in particular all rounds leading into Warrington from the South.
At one stage traffic was bumper to bumper on all routes into Warrington from the South, with knock on traffic congestion throughout the south of the borough, including, Stretton, Lymm, Stockton Heath, Appleton, Grappenhall and Latchford right up to Bridge Foot in Warrington town centre.
— Cheshire HGV Cops (@Cheshire_CVU) August 17, 2017
The current situation on the Thelwall viaduct (north bound). A team is currently addressing the issue. pic.twitter.com/niKZVQHIpI
— NW Motorway Police (@NWmwaypolice) August 17, 2017
— Cheshire Police (@cheshirepolice) August 17, 2017