Press release

M6 junction closures to complete Sandbach improvement project

Overnight work to complete a major upgrade at junction 17 of the M6 in Cheshire is due to take place from Friday 10 July.

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The Highways England scheme, designed to tackle congestion and boost safety, has improved the flow of traffic between the M6 and A534 with a new roundabout and traffic lights. A new ‘free flow’ lane also takes drivers onto the northbound side of the motorway, bypassing the roundabout.

The newly remodelled junction has been in operation since April and repairs and resurfacing work to the bridge which carries the A534 over the motorway will be completed during this month’s overnight closures.

The work will take place over 7 nights from 8pm until 5am during weekdays, and until 7am at weekends.

Highways England project manager Jakub Malaj said:

The new arrangements at the junction have been operating since April and we’ve seen a significant improvement in the flow of traffic.

We now need to carry out some addition work overnight to repair the bridge over the motorway and resurface A534.

We’ve planned the work to take place overnight, at a time when the junction is at its quietest, so that we can keep the impact on drivers to a minimum.

The northbound exit slip road on the M6 and the eastbound side of the A534 on the bridge over the motorway will be closed overnight for 3 nights from Friday 10 July.

All four of the slip roads at the junction will also be closed for 4 nights from Wednesday 15 July, along with the A534 between Holmes Chapel Road and Congleton Road. Drivers will be able to follow clearly-signed diversion routes.

More details are available on the road project pages.

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 7 July 2015