TRAFFIC chaos is what you may face if you are in North Staffordshire or planning to travel through this evening, Wednesday, as there is a complete closure in place on the M6.
Both northbound and southbound carriageways of the M6 between J15 and J16 are completely closed due to an ongoing major incident.
Police have said that the incident was due to ‘concerns for the welfare of people travelling on the motorway’.
Witnesses have stated that the back of a number of HGV’s have been searched and persons have been seen running from vehicles and across fields.
The traffic on the Northbound carriageway is currently stationary as far back as junction 13 (Stafford South) and motorists are experiencing delays of around 90 minutes.
Personnel from Staffordshire Police, West Midlands Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Midlands Ambulance Service and the Highways Agency are currently dealing with the incident.
Motorists are being asked to avoid the area.
Highways England have stated that the event is expected to clear between 19:45 and 20:00 on 9 January 2019. Clearly, however, this depends on the nature of the incident.
The timeline of the incident as we understand it:
Police announced that both the North and South carriageways were closed.
#TRAFFICALERT UPDATE: Both northbound and southbound carriageways of the M6 between J15 and J16 are completely closed due to an ongoing police incident. Please avoid the area pic.twitter.com/pC98WyKDsE
— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) January 9, 2019
Police confirmed that there were a number of agencies working on the incident.
We currently have m6 j15 to j16 NB and SB closed due to a major incident. We are working with @HighwaysWMIDS @StaffsPolice @Trafficwmp @OFFICIALWMAS @StaffsFire. Please avoid the area and find alternative routes. Further updates will follow. Thanks for your patience. NJ
— CMPG (@CMPG) January 9, 2019
Highways England have confirmed that the motorway remains shut in both directions.
They have said: “Northbound and Southbound on the
#M6 at J15 and J16 are still currently closed due to the ongoing @CMPG incident. Further updates will follow. Long delays in the area. Please ensure you take an alternative route if possible.”
Statement from Staffordshire Police
Officers from Staffordshire Police have stopped a vehicle on the M6 between Junctions 15 and 16 this evening (9 January) and a number of people have exited the back of the vehicle.
A man has been arrested at the scene and is currently in police custody.
Colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service are also in attendance.
Police and partners are assessing the welfare of the people who exited the vehicle and we will be liaising with our colleagues in Immigration Enforcement.
The southbound carriageway is now open and the northbound carriageway remains closed for the time being. We recognise the disruption this is causing to road users and we thank everyone for their co-operation.