A busy stretch of the M56 westbound has been closed following a serious collision.

A van is understood to have hit the central reservation of the motorway between junction nine for Lymm Interchange and junction 10 for Stretton.

Cheshire police say the driver of the van is in a serious condition.

All traffic is being held westbound between junction nine, for Lymm Interchange, and junction 10, for Stretton.

The closure has been put in place by motorway police to allow for the air ambulance to land at the scene.

A statement from police said: “Police were called at 12.25pm today to reports of a road traffic incident between J9-J10 on the M56 westbound involving a van which is believed to have collided with the central reservation.

“A full closure is in place while air ambulance attend the scene. Emergency services are also in attendance. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.”

Drivers are being advised to avoid the area.

Our colleagues from the Manchester Evening News will be providing live updates.

Lane closure removed

The lane closure for emergency barrier repairs has been removed.

Traffic very slow

Lane three remains closed and traffic is moving very slowly.

Emergency barrier repairs are being carried out.

Lane 3 remains closed

M56 westbound now fully reopen

The M56 westbound between junction 9 and 10 has now reopened. But drivers are being warned to expect delays.

Barriers being assessed

The M56 between junctions 9 and 10 westbound remains closed following an accident.

The road will remain closed while damage to the barriers is assessed.

Diversions still in place

Latest - road remains closed

The road remains closed following an accident that occurred at around 12.50pm.

Work is ongoing to recover the vehicle. People are being advised to avoid the area and diversions are in place.

Diversions in place

From Traffic England

Diversions are in operation with M56 westbound traffic to follow the solid black triangle diversion symbol, exiting the M56 at J9 and to merge with the M6 heading northbound to the A50/M6 J20 roundabout.

Follow the A50 from J20 heading westbound to then proceed onto the B5356, continuing west until reaching the A49 at Stretton. Then taking the first exit to join the A49 southbound to re-join M56 at J10. M6 north and southbound traffic intending to join the M56 west are advised to leave the M6 at J20, to then follow the above diversion route.

Road users are also advised to allow extra time to complete their journey plans if heading in this direction or consider an alternative route.

Recovery of van underway

One lane to reopen

There are currently severe delays on the M56 Westbound after a section between junction nine and ten was closed.

There is queuing traffic due to an accident where a van crashed into the central reservation.

A lane has now been opened within the closure to allow trapped traffic to pass the scene.

'Not looking good'

'Traffic is very heavy and motorists are advised to avoid the area'

This is the full statement from Cheshire Police:

Police have put a full closure in place following a road traffic incident on the M56 between junction 9 and junction 10 westbound.

Officers were called at 12.25pm today (Tuesday, 21 November) to reports of a white Mercedes sprinter van which is believed to have collided with the central reservation.

Emergency services including the air ambulance are at the scene and the driver remains in a serious condition.

Traffic is very heavy and motorists are advised to avoid the area. Diversions are in place.

This is the diversion route

This is where the M56 is shut

'Male patient still at the scene'

A spokeswoman for the North West Ambulance service said: “We got at call at 12.25pm to just outside of junction 10 westbound of the M56. We have got a male patient, approximately 50-years-old. They are still at the scene.”

Air ambulance has landed

'4 ambulances and air ambulance'

One driver said: “Sat here on the M56 just after M6... 4 ambulances & air ambulance.. doesn’t look good... can’t see owt from where i am, but road shut... can’t be good...”

Shut for some time

North West Motorway Police say the motorway is expected to be closed for some time.