Why is the M6 closed today? Latest traffic news as multiple junctions close after incident in Warwickshire

A section of the M6 has been closed in Warwickshire after a man died in an accident early this morning.

Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 5am. A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “On arrival, crews found a male patient. Sadly, it quickly became clear that, due to his injuries, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Warwickshire Police are handling the incident with support from National Highways traffic officers.

Motorists are facing delays of up to two hours and 10-mile queues, National Highways said.

Where is the M6 shut?

The M6 is closed southbound between junction 4A (M42) and junction 2 (M69) near Coventry.

National Highways said: “Due to the nature of this incident, the road is expected to be closed throughout the morning.

“If this closure impacts on your planned route, please allow extra journey time as there is over 10 miles of congestion on approach to the closure at J4a, resulting in a 120-minute delay.

“Plan ahead, you may wish to re-route or even delay your journey.”

What is the alternative travel advice?

National Highways is advising people to follow the hollow-diamond diversion symbol between junction 4a and junction 4:

  • Leave the M6 at J4a and join the M42 headed northbound towards J9.
  • Exit the M42 at J9 and take the sixth exit to rejoin the M42 headed southbound.
  • Continue along the M42 southbound, leaving at J6. Take the first exit onto the A45 headed eastbound.

It is then advising motorists pick up the hollow-square diversion symbol between J4 and J2:

  • Continue on the A45 eastbound to its junction with the A46 Tollbar End.
  • Take the exit onto the A46 northbound and continue to re-join the M6 at J2.

Further information is available from National Highways via its website, or by calling 0300 123 5000 for up to the minute details.