A CAR has caught fire on the motorway this afternoon, resulting in a lane closure on the motorway near Bolton.

The M61 southbound lane is closed on the exit slip road at Junction 4 towards Farnworth was closed for about an hour over lunchtime, after a vehicle broke down and caught fire.

It is currently unknown whether there were any casualties during the incident.

A Transport for Greater Manchester spokesperson said at 12.30pm: "At the M61 southbound exit slip road at Junction 4, one lane has been closed due to a car fire.

"Traffic Officers are currently at scene and recovery are on their way to the area to assist."

The lane has since been reopened, according to local traffic officers.

Local police, ambulance and fire services have been contacted for more information.

More to follow.