Road users have been warned to expect delays after a motorway car fire broke out.

The firs broke out earlier on the evening of Tuesday March 5 at around 5.45pm on the M60 between junctions 17, the Whitefield Interchange and 19, the Rhodes Interchange.

An eyewitness said she was one of many hit by heavy delays.

She said: “I had to go the long way round.

“The traffic looked really bad on the M60.                                                         

“Luckily I managed to avoid it but the routes nearby were also busy.”

Firefighters were called to the scene and the lanes were reopened by around 7pm that same evening.

But road users were warned to still expect delays with congestion reaching all the way to junction 11 at Barton.

A Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Shortly before 17.45pm this evening, Tuesday, March 5, two fire engines from Whitefield and Broughton fire stations were called to a car fire on the M60 between junctions 17 and 18.

“Crews arrived quickly and used one hose reel and one breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire.

“Firefighters made the area safe before departing after approximately 45 minutes at the scene.”

In the event of an emergency, members of the public have been advised to always call 999.