THREE lanes have been closed and queueing traffic has formed on the M6 in both directions.

Two lanes have been blocked due to accident involving a van and lorry on the northbound route, blocking lane two of three.

A broken down crane in the roadworks area is causing delays on the M6 southbound, blocking the lefthand lane.

The incidents are affecting J18 A54 (between Middlewich and Holmes Chapel) and J17 A534 (between Sandbach and Crewe), with congestion on the M6 back to J19 A556 (Knutsford).

As of 8.30am, travel time is expected to be close to one hour.