FRPM – Lorry fire closes M6 motorway in Cheshire.

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A lorry set alight on the M6 in Cheshire, the fire lead to rush-hour closure of the northbound carriageway. Whether this could have been prevented by increased use of fire retardant polymers and composites is unclear at this stage.

Three lanes from junction 20 to junction 21, Lymm interchange to Warrington and Irlam, were closed while firefighters tackled the lorry blaze.

fire composites conferenceThe incident occurred on the slip road at junction 20 shortly before 07:05am on Tuesday.The three lanes were later opened at 11am on Tuesday by police, however drivers were still told to avoid the area because of the backlog.

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Emergency resurfacing and removal of the lorry from the area will be carried out by Highways England, which is expected to last several hours. Lane one of the northbound carriageway is closed, along with the entry slip road on to the northbound carriageway at junction 20.

The blaze damaged safety barriers and surrounding lamp posts, these will be made safe by Highways England. No one is believed to have been injured in the fire.

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At around 11:10am, the North West Motorway Police tweeted “Management of the scene at ‪#M6 HGV Fire has been handed over to ‪@HighwaysNWEST. Thank you for your patience during this incident. “

The incident did cause some disruptions. The M56 exit slip road to the M6 northbound was closed, which caused queuing traffic. As of midday, there were still delays and slow moving traffic on M6 northbound between junctions 20 and 21.

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Earlier, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was “causing lots of smoke across the motorway”.

The FRPM 2017 conference, taking place 3-6 July, 2017 at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall will focus on fire resistant materials, including polymers and composites. The last day of the conference will be entirely dedicated to composites in fire resistant technology. You can view the full conference breakdown here.

Competition to orally present your paper at FRPM 2017 is very high, if you are studying or researching fire retardant, polymers or composites –  submit your abstract here before 31st January.