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M6 Northbound to close near Birmingham for resurfacing this afternoon 26 July 2016

Road users in the Midlands are advised that the M6 northbound at junction 7 will be closed this afternoon (Tuesday 26 July 2016) for resurfacing following this morning’s lorry fire, but will reopen in time for today’s evening peak.

A serious HGV fire closed the northbound carriageway at Great Barr just after 8am, causing delays, with traffic diverted via the exit and entry slip roads.

The carriageway has been closed during the morning for the fire to be fully extinguished and the vehicle to be removed.

Lane three was opened temporarily during the morning before contractors started repair of the section of carriageway damaged by the fire and opening.

All lanes are due to open on a temporary surface in time for the evening rush hour.

Highways England Operations Manager James Hawkes said: “The vehicle fire has caused significant damage to the road surface across lanes one to three.

“Lane three has been reopened to traffic but the northbound carriageway will be fully closed again to carry out the first stage of repair work. Diversions will be clearly signed, and we are working hard to get all lanes open before the evening peak.”

Up-to-the-minute information will be available via Twitter @HighwaysWMIDs and at

Where possible take alternative routes as there will be traffic delays.

Please check media and local news for latest updates.



General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.



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