M6 CLOSED north of Northamptonshire due to huge lorry fire which is causing congestion across the Midlands

The scene of the fire on the M6 in Warwickshire. Photo by Joel Goodman
The scene of the fire on the M6 in Warwickshire. Photo by Joel Goodman

A huge HGV trailer fire is causing long delays on the motorway network to the north of the county.

UPDATE: All lanes reopened just before 5pm

@HighwaysWMIDS said: "Teams have worked hard at scene through the day to open the road in time for evening peak, with reduced speeds"

The M6 in Warwickshire is closed southbound between J2 (Coventry) and J1 (Rugby) due to a HGV trailer fire.

Warwickshire Fire & Rescue are on scene managing the incident.

There are long delays on the southbound carriageway between J3 (Bedworth) and J2 with congestion spanning several miles and the whole length of the junction.

Specialist crews are working at scene to have the carriageway reopened as soon as possible.

A spokesman for Highways England said: "For traffic approaching the delays locally, you are advised to expect disruption with extra journey time and you may wish to re-route or delay your journey."

Road users are advised to follow the hollow triangle diversion route.

Exit the M6 at J2 on to the M69 northbound to J1. Take the exit to A5 eastbound and continue to the A426 junction. Take the A426 southbound to re-join the M6 at J1.