Severe M6 traffic delays after seven-vehicle pile-up at Spaghetti Junction


The pile-up happened on the southbound carriageway at around 6am near junction 6 – Spaghetti Junction – for the A38(M) in Birmingham. Queues are back to junction 10 for Wolverhampton, West Midlands.

Travel time on the southbound stretch is approximately one hour at this stage.

There are also delays on the northbound carriageway as motorists slow down to look, according to travel monitoring system Inrix. That carriageway is congested from junction 5 for Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.

There are no reports of any injuries despite seven vehicles, including at least one HGV, being involved in the shunt.

Debris, including spilled milk, is on the road, Birmingham Live reports.

The M5 northbound and A38(M) northbound are also busy as drivers attempt to join the congested M6.

Southbound M6 motorists can use the M6 Toll at junction 11 to bypass the traffic. They will then be able to rejoin the motorway at junction 4 for Coleshill, Warwickshire, and then continue south towards the M1 as usual.

Northbound users are advised to remain in the shorter jam from junction 5 – or use the A38 northbound, which runs adjacent to the M6, to Spaghetti Junction.

Spaghetti Junction – or the Gravelly Hill Interchange as it’s actually called – opened in May 1972 to help navigate the M6, the A38(M), the A38 and local roads in north Birmingham.

Problems are exasperated there because part of the M6 was closed overnight for roadworks.

It is hoped that a £78 million project will transform a junction for Walsall, West Midlands and improve the traffic situation in the area. A series of bridges along the M6 will get demolished as part of this work.

Highways England outlined its plans earlier this week on its social media.


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