A minor vehicle fire has caused more traffic disruption on the M56 this morning, (Tuesday, August 11) just hours after a separate gas tanker fire gridlocked the motorway for most of yesterday afternoon and evening.

Motorists are believed to be causing slow traffic movement between J14 at Hapsford and J12 at Runcorn by slowing down to look at the blaze, which has already been extinguinshed.

Information on travel site Inrix said the vehicle is on the hard shoulder of the Runcorn bound carriageway but traffic is slow in both directions.

"This incident is affecting traffic between from Chester and Runcorn and is separate to the vehicle fire yesterday evening," it said.

The M56 had to be closed in both directions just after 3pm yesterday for around nine hours after the Calor propane gas tanker burst into flames between junctions 12 and 15. A 1500m cordon had to be set up and some motorists had to be evacuated from their vehicles for safety.

There were no reported injuries in the incident, which also affected train services and air traffic around the area.

Recap: M56 tanker fire leads to motorway closure