02/2016 M6

Part of the M6 in Birmingham was closed for almost 24 hours after a fatal collision involving a lorry and a car. The northbound carriageway was closed at 02:00 on Thursday at junctions five, Castle Bromwich and six, Spaghetti Junction and was not reopened until about 01:30 GMT on Friday.

A 200m-length section across four lanes had to be resurfaced after a fuel spillage, Highways England said … “You’ve got about a 200m stretch – so that’s 800m across all four lanes. Fuel has leaked on to the carriageway and it’s really got into the carriageway, so that’s the problem and it’s just not safe to reopen”.

Traffic jams trailed back to junction four for the M42.  Drivers were stuck for hours in congestion on the M42 north from junctions six to nine and on the A446 around Coleshill.  Many of the main routes into Birmingham slowed to a crawl as people tried to find alternative routes. source BBC.

M6 clean-up delayed after fatal crash, leaked report says

Repair lorries stuck in traffic and poor decision-making led to delays in dealing with a fatal accident on the M6, a leaked debrief says.

Highways England has apologised, but the West Midlands Combined Authority said drivers were let down.

The report found lorries with resurfacing materials coming from Leicestershire were stuck in congestion worsened by the incident, with vehicles carrying tarmac needing a police escort along the hard shoulder to arrive. There was no record of nearby Birmingham and Solihull councils being informed of the seriousness of the problems, the report said, with a fuel spill not reported until more than five hours after the crash, during the morning rush hour.

David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, will hold a hearing on 18 March to investigate the “disappointing” response.  “It would appear that the amount of co-operation between each of the services was minimal at the most,” he said.

Darren Cooper, leader of Sandwell Council, said the report showed current plans were “not working”.  “We have to have an emergency plan in future to deal with this issue,” he said. “Some of the actions of Highways England have clearly let us all down.” source BBC.

For more about the incident, to include submissions to the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner – click here.