Press release

New phase of overnight closures for A556 link road work

Overnight closures required as work on the A556 link road, between the M56 and M6 in Cheshire starts after the Easter holidays.

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Work on Highways England’s new £192 million A556 link road, between the M56 and M6 in Cheshire, will require overnight closures along the existing route and at Bowdon roundabout after the Easter holidays.

The project, to build a 4.5 mile new dual carriageway between Knutsford and Bowdon, is entering a new phase with re-routing of utility services around Bowdon roundabout and traffic management re-alignment along the existing A556 between the roundabout and Bucklow Hill.

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Nightly closures during the week for up to 5 weeks will be starting on Tuesday next week (29 March) between 9pm and 5am each night - except on Friday nights when closures will begin at 9pm but end an hour later, at 6am, on Saturdays. No closures are planned on Saturday or Sunday nights.

On different nights the overnight closures will affect the A556, slip roads for the M56 and parts of the A56 at the roundabout. Full details and diversion information for work on specific dates will be published on the project website.

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Highways England project manager Jonathan Stokes said:

This is a planned phase of work on this important project and we’ve worked closely with the companies providing water, electricity, broadband and other services so we can do the re-routing in one go to minimise disruption to drivers.

Needless to say, we’re advising anyone travelling overnight to check what work we’re planning before setting out and leave some extra time for journeys – especially if they are heading to Manchester Airport via the A556.

With work on the new road – due to open in around a year’s time – going well, Highways England has published the latest aerial photographs of the new route taking shape.

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The latest aerial pictures include views of the road layout around Bucklow Hill Lane; the section south of Bowdon roundabout where the existing A556 will merge with the new road; the new Tabley link near junction 19 of the M6 and work on the road layout at Bentley Hurst Lane.

The scheme is part of a £15 billion government investment in motorways and major A roads by 2021 which is being delivered by Highways England as part of the Northern Powerhouse initiative.

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 23 March 2016