Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
2:02 PM 6th July 2021

Traffic Bulletin: M65 Still Closed In Both Directions Between Junction 1 And Junction 1a In Lancashire

Highways England is advising road users that the M65 is still 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 yesterday morning (Monday) to allow for extensive work to treat the spillage. The road will remain closed in both directions until around 6am tomorrow (Wednesday).

So far 320 tonnes of material have been used to resurface the roundabout and slip roads and reinstate carriageway markings. Another 200 tonnes will be laid this afternoon, before two crews add a further 700 tonnes overnight tonight. Once completed, more than a mile of road will have been resurfaced.

The vehicle, which wasn’t involved in a collision, was initially travelling eastbound when the spillage occurred, 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 account @highwaysNWEST.
For urgent real-time assistance, the 24/7 contact centre team is able to provide up-to-the minute information on 0300 123 5000