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Road congestion south bound M6 J33 to J32

Reported via desktop in the Roadworks (NH) category anonymously at 18:56, Sun 11 September 2022

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 3817804.

The full closure of the southbound carriageway on the M6 this weekend has caused dangerous volumes of different types of traffic on trunk roads and minor roads as people struggle to get to places while the M6 is shut.

The small villages that lie on the A6 and the surrounding roads simply cannot cope with the heavy and diverse vehicles (today I followed a 40 footer truck slowly winding along the lanes), some being so large they hardly fit the lanes they are driving onto, this additional volume of traffic is causing near misses with vehicles and cyclists alike, for which this area is very known for the cyclist community. Traffic is travelling along the A6 causing long delays, also, traffic is now travelling within the trough of bowland where the lanes are not fit for purpose of large vehicles. The speed that some of these are travelling at is very excessive, and I am surprised a cyclist hasn't been killed, some vehicles still believe they are on the motorway doing silly speeds and being stupid.

Why was a contra-flow system is not put in place on the motorway or even consider nighttime only closures is beyond me and our local community.

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  • Thank you for contacting National Highways about the delays caused by our closure of the southbound carriageway of M6 motorway at junction 33 on the weekend of 10 September. We understand motorists were caught in traffic for a significant period of time and we’re sincerely sorry for this.

    We’ve taken onboard recent feedback and plan to do things differently this weekend (23 – 26 September) while we confirm the rest of the programme with our contractors. We plan to work overnight between the hours of 9pm and 6am under a full southbound closure or with single lane running. During the daytime, we will establish lane closures and run two narrow lanes of traffic past the work area to keep customers moving, removing the need for the full weekend closures, which were previously planned. Once the programme has been finalised with our contractors, we will advertise full details via our website, a press release and social media.

    If you would like a more detailed response on this matter, please contact our 24hr Customer Contact Centre • Email – • Tel: 0300 123 5000

    Kind regards

    National Highways

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by National Highways at 10:06, Thu 22 September 2022

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