TRAFFIC was halted temporarily on the M6 this morning as a string of ducklings crossed the motorway. 

The ducklings found themselves dodging motorists between Junction 19 for Knutsford and Northwich, and Junction 18 for Middlewich and Holmes Chapel shortly after 8am, with traffic coming to a stop to help them on their way.

Highways officers were sent to the scene on the Southbound carraigeway and moved the ducklings on to a safe place.

Traffic is now moving freely after the disruption.