Lancashire Times
A Voice of the North
2:33 PM 16th February 2021

Traffic Bulletin: Northbound M6 In Cumbria Closed For Emergency Repairs

Drivers in Lancashire and Cumbria are being advised the northbound M6 south of Carlisle will be closed for several hours this afternoon and potentially into the early evening while emergency repairs take place.

A routine repairs and maintenance project is taking place under the pedestrian bridge at Southwaite services with two lanes closed for the work and lane one and the hard shoulder open to traffic. However, a defect has been discovered in the hard shoulder on the bridge over the local road network just south of the services with emergency resurfacing required.

The emergency work requires the closure of the northbound M6 between junction 41 at Catterlen Interchange and junction 42 at Carlisle South. A good diversion using the parallel A6 east of the motorway is in place between the two junctions.

The closure was due to be put in place by 12.30pm.

Highways England is advising drivers making essential journeys during the lockdown to plan journeys carefully and allow extra time if they need to use the M6 and diversion route this afternoon. The latest Government travel advice can be found at

All drivers are advised to check traffic conditions before setting out on journeys. Live traffic information is always available at or from Highways England’s 24-7 customer contact centre at 0300 123 5000. Updates will also be posted to @HighwaysNWest - Highways England’s regional Twitter feed.