MOTORISTS faced delays on the M61 near Horwich after a car fire.

One lane of the northbound carriageway of the motorway was closed between junction 6 at Horwich and junction 8 at Chorley.

The car was moved onto the hard shoulder and the lane has now re-opened, with traffic returning to normal.

A fire service spokesman said two crews attended at 2.25pm.

He said the cause of the blaze is currently unclear.