Press release

M55 work to reduce flood risk

Safer and more reliable journeys for drivers along the M55 near Blackpool.

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Drivers are to get safer and more reliable journeys from a £125,000 Highways England project to repair drainage along the M55 near Blackpool in Lancashire.

Lane 1 of the eastbound carriageway will be closed until the end of June as work takes place to repair the drainage system and reduce the potential of flooding from nearby fields.

A 50 mph speed limit will also be in place between junctions 3 and 1 of the eastbound carriageway.

A full overnight carriageway closure will be needed at the end of the project to allow the traffic management cones and barriers to be removed. A signed diversion along local roads will be in place during the overnight closure.

Highways England project manager Peter Gee said:

These wear and tear repairs will ensure the motorway drainage will be able to cope better with water running off adjacent fields and reduce the potential for carriageway flooding.

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 June 2016