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Road cleared

Traffic has returned to normal on the A628 Woodhead Pass Westbound between A6024 (Holmfirth Turn Off) and A57 Woolley Lane / A57 Mottram Moor / Wedneshough (Gun Inn Traffic Lights). The hold-ups were due to a knock-on effect of the congestion on the M62 following an earlier lorry fire

Delays back to Chain Bar

Long delays for those on the M62 tonight. Delays between Outlane and Chain Bar.

Still very slow on Woodhead Pass

It’s still very slow on the Woodhead Pass which is probably a knock-on effect of the M62 congestion.

This is the latest:

* Very slow traffic and long delays on A628 Woodhead Pass Westbound between A6024 (Holmfirth Turn Off) and A57 Woolley Lane / A57 Mottram Moor / Wedneshough (Gun Inn Traffic Lights). Tailbacks for six miles. Travel time is 30 minutes.

All lanes open on M62 - but congestion is severe

All lanes have now reopened on the M62 following the earlier lorry fire - but the westbound tailbacks are still eight miles long.

Travel time is said to be around an hour and congestion is described as “severe”.

The lorry is being recovered from the hard shoulder and the lane one (of three) closure has been lifted.

Guide to alternative routes over the Pennines

If you are stuck on the M62 you may be considering alternative routes over the Pennines.

Here’s our guide to the alternative routes between Huddersfield and Manchester

One lane to remain closed due to 'complex recovery'

One lane is still closed on the M62 westbound - and the tailbacks stretch back eight miles.

Motorists can still expect delays of around an hour and 10 minutes.

Severe delays, one lane closed and queueing traffic due to lorry fire and recovery work on M62 Westbound between J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and J22

SIX MILES of tailbacks on Woodhead Pass

Traffic diverting off the M62 has had a knock on effect on Woodhead Pass.

There’s severe delays between the A6024 Holmfirth Turn Off and the Gun Inn traffic lights, with travel time estimated at about an hour and six miles of tailbacks.

WATCH: Burnt out lorry at side of M62

Here's what the lorry looks like now

Firefighters are still damping down the lorry - Highways England have just shared this picture:

Highways England shared this picture of the burnt out lorry
Highways England shared this picture of the burnt out lorry (Image: Highways England)

M62 westbound J23 Outlane to J22 Rishworth Moor the live lane breakdown has been cleared approaching the fire. Fire brigade continue to damp down the lorry which requires the lane 1 & 2 closure to remain in place at scene. Congestion back to between J26 & 25 at Hartshead

Only one lane closed now

Another lane has opened but the queues are stretching back to Chain Bar (J26) and you’re still facing a 90min delay.

Lane two re-opened around 12.30pm - still best to avoid the M62 if you’re heading towards Manchester though!

Travel time 1hr30mins

Motorists stuck in the queues are looking at a delay of around 1hr 30 minutes.

Queues back to Hartshead Moor services on M62 westbound following lorry fire
Queues back to Hartshead Moor services on M62 westbound following lorry fire

The queues almost stretch back to junction 26, Chain Bar, according to Google Traffic

Queues back to Hartshead Moor services and 1hr 45 min delays

It’s getting worse on the M62.

The queues now stretch back to Hartshead Moor services and travel time for motorists is estimated at 1 hour 45 minutes.

Lanes one and two remain closed, with one lane open.

Broken down car adds to problems

More footage of lorry fire

Pete Edwards tweeted this closer view - looks like the whole lorry cab caught fire

WATCH: Dramatic video shows huge lorry fire

Firefighters are now damping the lorry down - but this video shows the blaze earlier today:

Delays of an hour

The fire has caused delays of around an hour for anyone heading westbound - settle in if you’re in that queue.

Lane opened - still two closed

Here’s the latest from INRIX - looks like a lane has opened but drivers are being warned of severe delays.

Two lanes closed, queueing traffic and severe delays due to lorry fire on M62 Westbound between J23 A640 / A643 (Huddersfield) and J22 A672 (Rishworth Moor), congestion on M62 to J25 A644 (Brighouse). Travel time is around 60 minutes.

Lanes one and two (of three) remain closed. The road was blocked until around 10:35 while fire crews continue to dampen down the blaze.

Delays pass hour mark

Traffic has been stopped for over an hour now.

Firefighters are currently damping down the lorry.

Here’s the queues, as seen from the motorway bridge off New Hey Road:

Long queues westbound on the M62 after lorry fire - as seen from the motorway bridge off New Hey Road
Long queues westbound on the M62 after lorry fire - as seen from the motorway bridge off New Hey Road

Another 30 mins delay at least

Long queues westbound

This traffic camera picture from junction 24 shows the queues building... ouch.

Traffic on M62 westbound at J23 (Huddersfield)
Traffic on M62 westbound at J23 (Huddersfield)

Main part of fire extinguished

The main part of the fire has now been extinguished - hopefully the fire will be out and traffic can get moving soon!

WATCH: Firefighters on way to blaze as queues build

Here's where traffic has been stopped

More pictures from the scene

Smoke is blowing across the westbound carriageway - traffic has been held and the carriageway closed while firefighters deal with the lorry fire.

Firefighters are at the scene on the M62 westbound
Firefighters are at the scene on the M62 westbound (Image: Mark Hemingway)
Smoke blows across the M62 after lorry fire between Huddersfield and Rishworth Moor
Smoke blows across the M62 after lorry fire between Huddersfield and Rishworth Moor (Image: Mark Hemingway)

Queues forming westbound as traffic held

Traffic held on M62 westbound between Huddersfield and Rishworth Moor after lorry fire
Traffic held on M62 westbound between Huddersfield and Rishworth Moor after lorry fire

M62 closed westbound after lorry fire

The M62 westbound has been closed between J23 and J22 because of a lorry fire and smoke blowing across the carriageway.

Fire crews are currently dealing with the lorry fire - no indication yet how long delays could be.

Lorry fire closes M62 at Rishworth Moor
Lorry fire closes M62 at Rishworth Moor (Image: Mark Hemingway)

It's not the best timing...

You can still sign our #OneNorth petition calling for better train services, if you haven’t already.

Sign our petition to get the northern powerhouse transport links we were promised

Little Mix food ban

This story’s certainly got people talking...

Stephanie Potts, whose four-year-old daughter has Coeliac disease, has criticised the John Smith’s Stadium after a weekend of mixed messages about whether or not she would be able to take in gluten-free food for her child.

Stephanie Potts with daughter Georgia. Stephanie ran the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon for Coeliac UK in May
Stephanie Potts with daughter Georgia. Stephanie ran the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon for Coeliac UK in May

The stadium says it allows food to be taken in for medical reasons ‘at the discretion of stewards’ - but Stephanie is worried some parents could have food confiscated or worse, be turned away at the gates after she was told one thing on the phone and another in a Facebook message.

Little Mix play the stadium on July 15.

Read the full story here

12 Ale Trail rules for drinkers

Train company bosses have come up with 12 ‘rules’ to follow on the Real Ale Trail in a bid to encourage drinkers to act sensibly.

Posters have been put up at nine railway stations on the route including at Batley, Dewsbury, Mirfield, Huddersfield, Slaithwaite. Marsden and Greenfield.

The aim is to remind ale trailers of the standards of behaviour expected at stations and while on trains - and follows complaints about rowdy, loutish and drunken behaviour.

Funnily enough, the rules aren’t all that different to the Real Ale Trail 10 Commandments we wrote in 2016...

Twelve rules of the Real Ale Trail, created by train company TransPennine Express
Twelve rules of the Real Ale Trail, created by train company TransPennine Express

Read the full story here

Fire at petrol station

This could have been so much worse...

Firefighters dealt with a fire at a petrol station shop in Savile Road, Savile Town, Dewsbury at 3.30am last night.

The shop was 15 per cent involved in the ground floor fire - one hose reel was used to put it out and breathing apparatus were also used.

Two engines from Dewsbury and one from Ossett attended, as well as fire investigation officers and police.