Motorists who ignored motorway lane closures indicated by a red X signal can expect to a letter through the post warning them about impending fines and points on their licence.

Heavy downpours caused flash flooding on the region's motorway, with traffic and National Highways officers put in lane closures ­— including on the M60 junction 17, the Whitefield and Prestwich turn off.

The Bolton News: Flash floods on M60

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police Traffic Unit said: "Disappointing that some chose to ignore closed motorway lanes yesterday. Put in place to protect our staff and National Highways who were trying to divert M60 users from standing water.

The Bolton News: Flash floods on M60

"Drivers cannot enter or proceed in a lane closed by a Red X signal. Fine and points on their way."

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National Highways managed to clear the water off the carriageway.

Drivers who ignore lane closures on motorways marked with a red X may face a £100 fine and three penalty points.

Motorists who see a red X above a lane should move into another lane as soon as they can.