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Latest live M6 traffic news

Live M6 traffic news and updates for M6 junctions, plus real time travel reports on delays, accidents, roadworks and snow

The M6 is a key road for Britain, as the motorway links the Midlands with the Scottish border, sending traffic through Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Manchester, Lancaster and Carlisle. And given the M6’s location at the centre of Britain’s motorway network, it should be no surprise that the 232-mile road is prone to delays around the clock – especially during peak travel periods such as bank holiday weekends and summer school holidays.

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As the M6 consists of the standard three lanes for much of its length, congestion and tailbacks can form quickly, and subsequently incidents can take a long time to clear. So everything including accidents, roadworks, and even seasonal problems such as snow, can have a severe effect on adjoining roads.

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Just like most other major motorways, the morning and evening rush hours are usually the worst times for delays, and hold-ups on the M6 can scupper commutes and long journeys. So if you’re planning to use any section of the M6, this page is one of the most useful travel companions with travel alerts, live updates and an incident map for both northbound and southbound lanes.

Scroll down to find real-time alerts from the M6 via our specially built Twitter feed, which collates vital updates as they happen from the Highways Agency, official police accounts and other traffic news feeds. We’ve also got a live map showing exactly where the delays are, plus a useful list of all the motorway’s junctions...

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Live M6 Traffic Updates

M6 live traffic map

You’re never far from a traffic jam on the M6 motorway, but fortunately you can keep one step ahead of the delays with our live and continuously updated M6 traffic map.

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The map below shows live updates on the current problem areas of the M6 for roadworks, accidents or general congestion causing delays on the road...

M6 weather report

Details of the latest weather warnings in the M6 area from the Met Office... 

The history of the M6 motorway

Among its many claims to fame, the M6 incorporates Britain’s first ever stretch of motorway – formally known as the Preston By-pass, which was opened in 1958. Nowadays that’s just a fraction of the M6 overall, which stretches for 232 miles from Junction 19 of the M1 near Rugby, all the way to Gretna. The final section was finally completed in 2008.

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Features of the route include Spaghetti Junction in Birmingham, which is more formally known as Junction 6 of the M6. The M6 also boasts the longest viaduct in Britain, running for 3.5 miles between Castle Bromwich and Gravelly Hill, and the second highest motorway stretch in the country – the Shap Fell section is 320m above sea-level, and beaten only by the M62 motorway at Saddleworth Moor. 

M6 junctions

All of the M6 junctions on the southbound and northbound carriageways are detailed below...  

Northbound exitsJunctionSouthbound exits
Gretna (Green) B7076 Longtown A6071M6 J45No access
Todhills Rest AreaServicesTodhills Rest Area
Carlisle (North), Galashiels, Hawick A7J44Carlisle A7, Workington (A595) Hexham A689
Carlisle, Hexham, Newcastle A69J43Carlisle, Hexham, Newcastle A69
Carlisle (South) A6J42Carlisle (South) A6
Southwaite servicesServicesSouthwaite services
Wigton B5305J41Wigton B5305
Penrith, Workington, Keswick, Scotch Corner A66J40Penrith, Keswick, Brough, Scotch Corner A66
Shap (A6)J39Shap, Kendal (A6)
Tebay servicesServicesTebay services
Brough A685 Appleby B6260J38Kendal, Brough A685
Kendal, Sedbergh A684J37Kendal, Sedbergh A684
No accessServicesKillington Lake services
Kirkby Lonsdale, Skipton A65 Kendal, Barrow-in-Furness A590J36Kirkby Lonsdale, Skipton A65 Barrow-in-Furness A590
Burton-in-Kendal servicesServicesNo access
Carnforth, Morecambe A601(M) (A6)J35Carnforth, Morecambe A601(M) (A6)
Lancaster, Morecambe, Kirkby Lonsdale,Heysham A683J34Lancaster, Morecambe A683
Lancaster (South) A6J33Garstang, Fleetwood A6
Lancaster (Forton) servicesServicesLancaster (Forton) services
Blackpool, Fleetwood M55, Preston (North), Garstang A6J32Blackpool M55, Preston (North) A6
Preston (East), Longridge B6242J31ANo access
Preston (Central), Blackburn (North),Clitheroe A59J31Preston (Central), Clitheroe A59
No accessJ30Manchester, Bolton M61 Leeds (M62) Blackburn (M65)
Burnley, Blackburn, Preston (South) M65J29Burnley, Blackburn M65
Leyland B5256 (A49)J28Leyland B5256 (A49)
Charnock Richard servicesServicesCharnock Richard services
Parbold, Standish, Chorley A5209J27Parbold, Wigan A5209
Wigan A577 Skelmersdale, Liverpool, Southport M58J26Wigan A577 St Helens Liverpool Southport(M58) Kirkby, Fazakerley (M57)
Wigan A49J25No access
No accessJ24Ashton-in-Makerfield, St. HelensA58
Haydock, Ashton-in-Makerfield, St Helens, Manchester, Liverpool, Newton-le-WillowsA580J23Haydock, Ashton-in-Makerfield, St Helens, Manchester, Liverpool, Newton-le-Willows A580
Newton-le-Willows A49 Leigh A579J22Warrington A49
Manchester, Leeds M62J21ALiverpool, Southport M62
Warrington, Irlam A57J21Warrington, Irlam A57
No accessJ20Macclesfield, Warrington A50
No accessJ20ANorth Wales, Chester, Runcorn, Manchester & AirportM56
North Wales, Chester, Runcorn M56J20No access
Manchester & Airport, Stockport A556 (M56 east)J19Northwich, Knutsford,Macclesfield A556
Knutsford services (Sign Posted No HGVs use Poplar 2000 Services (Lymm), but HGV fuel pumps and a small HGV parking area are provided)ServicesKnutsford services
Holmes Chapel, Middlewich, Winsford, Northwich, Chester A54J18Holmes Chapel, Middlewich, Winsford A54
Congleton, Sandbach A534J17Congleton, Sandbach A534
Sandbach servicesServicesSandbach services
Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe, Nantwich A500J16Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent, Crewe, Nantwich A500
Keele servicesServicesKeele services
Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme A500J15Stoke-on-Trent, Stone, EccleshallA500 Derby (A50)
Stafford servicesServicesStafford services
Stafford, Stone, Eccleshall A34J14Stafford (North) A34
Stafford A449J13Stafford (South & Central) A449
Telford A5J12Cannock, Wolverhampton A5, North Wales, Telford (M54)
No accessJ11AThe South, Lichfield M6 Toll
(M6 Toll), Cannock A460J11Wolverhampton A460
Hilton Park servicesServicesHilton Park services
North Wales, Wolverhampton, Telford M54J10ANo access
Walsall, Wolverhampton A454J10Walsall A454
Wednesbury A461J9Wednesbury A461
The South West, Birmingham (West),West Bromwich M5J8The South West, Birmingham, West Bromwich M5
Birmingham (NW), Walsall A34J7Birmingham A34
Birmingham (Central & North) A38(M) Sutton Coldfield A5127J6Birmingham A38(M) & A38
Birmingham (NE), Castle Bromwich A452J5No access
No accessJ4AThe North (M1), Tamworth M42(N), M6 Toll The SOUTH, London (M40), Birmingham (S), N.E.C. & Airport M42 (S)
Lichfield, Coleshill A446, The South west (M5) Birmingham (South), Solihull M42(S)J4Coventry, Birmingham Airport,NEC A446
The North west (M6 Toll), TamworthM42(N)J3ANo access
Corley servicesServicesCorley services
Coventry (North), Nuneaton A444,Bedworth B4113J3Coventry (North), NuneatonA444, Bedworth B4113
Coventry A46 Leicester M69 (M1)J2Coventry (East) A46, Leicester,Hinckley M69 (M1(N))
Rugby A426J1Rugby, Lutterworth A426
No accessM1 J19Felixstowe, Corby, Kettering A14,Birmingham, Leicester M1(North), London, Northampton M1 (South)

Planning on going cross country as well? Then you better take a look at our M62 live updates page also...

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Chris covers all aspects of motoring life for Auto Express. Over a long career he has contributed news and car reviews to brands such as Autocar, WhatCar?, PistonHeads, Goodwood and The Motor Trader.

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