THE Daresbury Expressway was closed for nearly three hours after a serious crash this morning.

Police shut the A558 in Runcorn between the Mersey Gateway Bridge and Astmoor Road after an accident involving a motorbike and a car.

A man in his 30s was rushed to Aintree Hospital by air ambulance after suffering serious injuries during the incident.

Road closures were put in place at around 10.45am, with heavy traffic reported as a result.

The route remained shut until shortly after 1.30pm in order for collision investigation work to be carried out.

A Cheshire Police spokesman said: “At around 10.40am, officers were called to reports of a collision involving a motorcycle and a grey Audi on the Daresbury Expressway just off the Mersey Gateway Bridge – a man has been taken to Aintree Hospital."