Press release

3,000 new cat’s eyes to brighten up M6

Nearly 3,000 new cat’s eyes are to be installed on an 8 mile stretch of the M6 between Lancashire and Cumbria, improving visibility for drivers.

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The Highways England scheme between junction 34 at Lancaster and Burton Services is due to begin on Monday 13 July and should be completed by the end of the month.

New reflective road studs will be installed along the route and white lines will be repainted, making it easier for drivers to see the lane markings. Sections of the motorway will also be resurfaced, providing smoother journeys.

All of the work will be carried out overnight, between 8pm and 6am, when the motorway is at its quietest but some closures will be required, including the northbound carriageway for 2 nights at the start of the scheme. Drivers will be able to follow clear-signed diversion routes.

Peter Gee, Project Manager at Highways England, said:

This scheme will result in smoother and safer journeys for drivers on the M6 as a result of the new cat’s eyes, lane markings and resurfacing.

We need to close the northbound carriageway overnight for 2 nights from Monday to carry out the work safely, and there will be some slip road closures later in the week.

When the project has been completed, drivers should find it much easier to drive along this stretch of motorway.

The northbound side of the M6 will be closed overnight between junction 34 at Lancaster and junction 35 at Carnforth on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July.

The northbound entry and exit slip roads at junction 35 will also be closed overnight on Wednesday 15 July, and the southbound entry and exit slip roads at junction 35 will be closed overnight on Thursday 16 July.

Some overnight lane closures will be in place during the rest of the scheme but the motorway will remain open as normal.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 8 July 2015