THE M6 has been shut northbound at Junction 31 due to a tanker spillage.
Two lanes of the carriageway are now open and two reamined closed between the M65 and the Tickled Trout junction with police, the fire service and the Highways Agency on the scene.
Lanes 3 and 4 are now open, lanes 1 and 2 remain closed.
Thelaneclosures are likely to be in place for some time.
A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “We would ask people to avoid travelling to the area if possible.”
“There is no immediate threat to members of the public, although a cordon is in place around the spillage while efforts are made to deal with it.
“We are working with the Highways Agency to put in place diversionary routes but we would advise motorists to avoid both the Northbound M6 and the diversionary routes if possible.
“Junction 8 of the M61 is also closed to allow for diversions.”
The diversionary routes are as follows:
From the M6 at Junction 29 to the A6 London Road and onto the A59 Newhall Lane then onto the M6 at Samlesbury.
From the M61 at Junction 8 to the A6 Northbound at Chorley then onto the A6 at Bamber Bridge and onto the A6 London Road at Preston and onto the A59 Newhall Lane and the M6 Northbound at Samlesbury.