M6 services closure during fatal lorry crash chaos sparks concern

A motorway service station on the M6 had to be closed for several hours during the traffic chaos caused by a fatal lorry crash. The northbound carriageway between junctions 17 and 18 was closed for much of Tuesday (September 7) after a lorry struck the railway bridge at about 8am. Police, paramedics and the fire service attended the incident but the driver, a man in his 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

of the top stories from across Cheshire here. The full closure of the carriageway was in place until late that night, leaving motorists stuck on the motorway for many hours, including HGV drivers on long-haul journeys. At just after 1am, National Highways posted an update confirming that the northbound slip road exit into Sandbach Services between junctions 16 and 17 had been closed.

This was put down to ‘full capacity of the parking area’ and ‘lorries blocking the slip road’. The full update read: “The M6 north exit slip road into the services at Sandbach Services J16 to J17 is now CLOSED. “This is due to full capacity of the parking area and lorries blocking the slip road.

Traffic Officers are at scene. The next available service area northbound is Knutsford Services.”

Queues on the M6 after a crash between junctions 17 and 18

A spokesperson for National Highways confirmed to CheshireLive that the car park was full ‘for a time’ due to HGV drivers caught in the queues needing to take their breaks ‘to ensure they were taking the rest they’re required to have after driving for a certain amount of time’. The organisation confirmed at almost 6am that the closure had been lifted and apologised for any inconvenience caused.

But the initial update on the closure sparked some concern about the capacity of the services. One person wrote on Twitter: “Surely something needs looking at if services are too full, it’s not great for the drivers is it, they need safe places like the proper services to get their rest. Hope you managed to sort it.”

Another wrote: “The services for HGV in this country are DISGUSTING they have not been made bigger for 50 years or more. As a caravanner we are often forced onto the HGV area where there is no space. Bloody nightmare for HGV drivers.”

The comments come not long after the service station was named one of the worst in the North in a survey conducted by Which?

The owner of Sandbach Services, Roadchef, has been contacted for a response to the concerns.

A two-lane closure remains in place between junctions 17 and 18 of the M6 northbound as repairs to the bridge’s brickwork are carried out.