M6 motorway

Speeding driver's speedometer 'stuck on 80mph'

Lee Thomas

Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke

A driver caught doing 90mph in the 50mph roadworks section of the M6 in Staffordshire was found to have his speedometer stuck on 80mph, police have said.

The stuck speedometer

The Central Motorway Police Group added it also turned out the driver had no licence, no insurance or tax, so their vehicle was seized.

Gantry work finished on M6 smart motorway scheme

Photos have been released showing new gantries being installed on the M6 in Staffordshire as part of a £335m smart motorway scheme.

The work has been completed even as smart motorways come under fire over safety concerns.

Gantry being installed
Highways England

Highways England is currently making the changes to the route between J13, for Stafford, and J15, for Stoke-on-Trent.

Last night, it finished work to install new gantries to display electronic signs.

Gantry being installed
Highways England

The scheme could take until 2022 to finish with the next stage to see the current northbound contraflow switched to the southbound side in the new year.

Last month, the government said it would review smart motorways following concerns over driver safety.

Cluttered windscreen 'stopped driver seeing M6 ahead'

Allen Cook

BBC News

A lorry driver's been fined after driving on the M6 with a windscreen so cluttered, they couldn't clearly see the motorway ahead, police have said.

Inside the vehicle's cab
Cheshire Police

They tweeted this photo of the inside of the HGV's cab, saying it was stopped at Sandbach, in Cheshire.

The force said the accessories on the windscreen also prevented a clear view of the front mirror.

M6 lorry fire: Motorway reopens after resurfacing work

BBC News Travel

Part of the M6 southbound has reopened after being resurfaced overnight following a lorry fire, Highways England has tweeted.

The remains of the lorry
Highways England

The fire broke out early on Tuesday and closed the southbound carriageway between junction two for the M69 and junction one at Rugby.

Specialist teams were sent to the scene to recover the lorry trailer that had been carrying a "hazardous substance".

Highways England closed the southbound side from J4 to J2 just before 21:00 to carry out the works and said the total closure was removed just after 05:00.

M6 closures latest

J2 to J1 on the M6 southbound looks set to reopen following this morning's lorry fire, but emergency resurfacing works in the wake of the blaze mean disruption continues.

Here's Highways England with details:

A Highways England tweet giving details of motorway lane closures

Earlier, Highways England shared this image of the operation.

Resurfacing work under way
Highways England

M6 set for resurfacing closures after lorry fire

Work to repair the M6 southbound carriageway following a lorry blaze will take place overnight, Highways England says.

The carriageway from junction two at Coventry to junction one at Rugby has been closed since this morning after the lorry containing a "hazardous substance" caught fire.

Highways England said its officers were doing remedial work "as fast as possible" to prepare for peak times.

"However," its statement continued, "there will be a full closure for resurfacing tonight."

It advised drivers to use alternative routes.

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M6 HGV fire: Lorry was carrying 'hazardous substance'

An HGV that caught fire on the M6 earlier this morning was carrying a hazardous substance, Highways England said.

The southbound carriageway at junction two in Coventry to junction one in Rugby remains closed, with delays of about 15 minutes reported.

The remains of the lorry following the fire

Highways England said: "Specialist teams are on scene removing the contents of the lorry safely."

Motorists are advised to follow diversion routes out of the area.

Burnt-out lorry on motorway
Highways England

Stuck traffic released after M6 crash

BBC News Travel

Drivers are being told to avoid the M6 northbound in Staffordshire as the carriageway's still shut after a crash this morning.

Traffic between J14 and J15
Highways England

The collision happened just after 07:00 between J14 and J15, near Stoke-on-Trent and Stafford.

Traffic which was trapped in lanes one and two is currently being released by Highways England.

Once that's done, the organisation says it'll release drivers stuck in the contraflow, part of long-term roadworks on the M6.