Commuters face delays on the M6 motorway this morning as the northbound carriageway at junction 14 in Stafford remains closed.
Due to reopen at 6am today following overnight roadworks, the extended closure comes as a result of a broken down lorry-mounted crane.
According to the traffic data company, Inrix, traffic is currently travelling up and over the junction. However, the closure has led to congestion beginning at junction 12, meaning that there are over ten miles of queueing traffic.
Staffordshire University student Leanne Edwards, 23, has been stuck in the delays since 7.30am. She said: “It is so frustrating! I was stuck in traffic from junction 12 to 13 for over an hour.
“We don’t even know how long it is going to take because the vehicle needs to be fixed for traffic to start moving again.
“It’s made me late for university and I’ve missed out on my usual morning coffee and catch up with my friends.”
A spokesperson for Highways England told Stoke-on-Trent Live: “There are long delays on the M6 northbound in Staffordshire due to overnight roadworks which are overrunning due to a piece of machinery (Hiab) which has broken down within J14 near Staffordshire.
“Recovery agents are in attendance working hard to repair the vehicle so the road can be re-opened as quickly as possible. The carriageway is fully closed within J14, with traffic diverting around the closure via the exit and entry slips.
“There’s over nine and a half miles of slow moving traffic on approach, with congestion nearly back to J12 near Cannock.
“Please allow plenty of extra time for your journey this morning if you’re travelling in the area, and consider alternative routes if possible as it is likely that delays will be significant throughout the morning peak.
“Traffic travelling from further afield may wish to use the M1 north to J24, & then the A50 eastbound.”
The stretch will not be reopened until the vehicle has been repaired and moved.