Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
4:26 PM 5th July 2021

Traffic Bulletin: M65 Remains Closed In Both Directions Between Junction 1 And Junction 1a In Lancashire Due To Emergency Resurfacing Work

Highways England is advising road users that the M65 remains closed in both directions between junction 1 and junction 1a due to a crane leaking hydraulic fluid over the carriageway.

The closure has been in place since around 6.04am this morning (Monday) to allow for extensive work to treat the spillage. However, just under two miles of carriageway now needs to be resurfaced overnight, meaning the road will be closed in both directions until around 6am tomorrow (Tuesday), although lane closures may remain in place throughout the morning.

The vehicle was initially travelling eastbound, but then exited and used the roundabout to head back westbound, which is why the closure is required in both directions.

Diversions are in place and drivers are urged to allow extra journey time and plan ahead.

Diversion details are as follows:

Westbound: Follow solid diamond sign. From M65 junction 1/M6 junction 29 take distributor road to northern roundabout. Take A6 west to Lostock Lane roundabout.

Eastbound: Follow hollow circle sign. Reverse of above route.

Further information about this incident is available from Highways England by visiting the website at and visiting Twitter @HighwaysEAST. For urgent real-time assistance, the 24/7 contact centre team is able to provide up-to-the minute information on 0300 123 5000