Press release

M6 to close overnight as Winwick bridge project nears finish line

Narrow lanes on the M6 near Winwick will be removed this weekend as a major project to renovate two motorway bridges nears its completion.


The Highways Agency is carrying out essential maintenance work to the concrete bridges which carry the roundabout at junction 22 over the motorway. The roundabout links the M6 to the A49 for Warrington and Newton-le-Willows, and the A579 for Leigh.

Contractors need to close parts of the M6 overnight for two nights this weekend to remove the narrow lanes, which were installed at the start of the project in November.

Mark Mosley, Project Manager at the Highways Agency, said:

We’d like to thank drivers for their patience during this essential work to renovate the bridges at junction 22 of the M6, as we approach the end of the project.

We now need to close the northbound and southbound carriageways this weekend to remove the narrow lanes. The closures will take place overnight, at a time when far fewer people are using the motorway, and we’ll have a clearly signed diversion route.

The southbound carriageway will be closed between junction 23 at Newton-le-Willows and junction 21a at the M62 interchange from 10pm on Saturday 20 December until 6am on Sunday 21 December.

The northbound carriageway will then close between junctions 21a and 23 from 10pm on Sunday 21 December until 6am on Monday 22 December. A diversion will be in place when the motorway is closed.

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 18 December 2014