Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Chaos as M56 Closed for Hours in Both Directions

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Chaos as M56 Closed for Hours in Both Directions

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HOLIDAYMAKERS were forced to walk along the hard shoulder after the M56 was shut in both directions for several hours near Manchester Airport on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Traffic was brought to a standstill at Junction 4 for Wythenshawe just after 7.30pm last night due to a 'police incident'.

Images posted on social media showed people dragging suitcases up the middle of the carriageway towards the airport in a desperate attempt to catch their flights on time.

Manchester Airport also warned of the delays - and urged travellers heading to the airport to allow more time for their journeys.

One man caught up in the drama tweeted: '#M56 not moved in a long while. Avoid!

'People are leaving taxis with suitcases to catch flights.

'No sign of any change yet. …

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