Press release

M53 and M56 Stoak Interchange repairs to begin

Regular weekend road works to deliver routine repairs and safer and smoother journeys for motorway users in Cheshire and Merseyside will start this month.


The Highways Agency is spending £600,000 to re-waterproof and resurface the carriageway around junction 15 of the M56 at Stoak Interchange where the motorway links to the M53.

Highways Agency project manager Mark Mosley said,

This is vital, if routine, work to tackle wear and tear at this important motorway interchange.

We are doing all we can to minimise disruption to motorway users by carrying out the work in phases but sections of the M56 and link roads with the M53 will close from time-to-time and drivers should allow a little bit of extra time for their journeys.

All the work will be restricted to weekends in October and November and between 8pm on Friday evenings and 10am on Sunday mornings with any carriageway or link road closures including the whole of each Saturday.

Three bridges at the interchange will benefit from the work which also includes replacing the joints which allow the bridge structure to expand or contract with changes in the weather.

Specific closures include:

  • The link road from the M56 onto the northbound M53
  • Eastbound M56 between junctions 16 and 15
  • Westbound M56 between junction 15 at the interchange and junction 16 at the end of the motorway
  • The link road from the southbound M53 (junction 11) onto the eastbound M56.

The Highways Agency has given the project a dedicated webpage where drivers can get further information and sign up for email alerts giving updates.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

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

Published 8 October 2014