Press release

Overnight closures for M55 to southbound M6 link

Overnight closures of the link road from the eastbound M55 onto the southbound M6 will be taking place later this month as part of the £7m pinch point widening project around Broughton motorway interchange north of Preston.


Full carriageway closures of the link road will be taking place between 9pm and 6am on Wednesday and Thursday 16 and 17 July (two nights) and Tuesday and Wednesday 22 and 23 July (a further two nights of work).

Drivers on the M55 wishing to join the southbound M6 should do so at junction 31 at Samlesbury instead – leaving the M55 at junction 1 then using the southbound A6 and A5085 Blackpool Road and then eastbound A59.

The closures are to allow for the safe removal of the existing parapet rail and its replacement on the M6 bridge that passes over the link road.

The Highways Agency is widening the northbound carriageway of the M6 ahead of and through junction 32 at Broughton Interchange where the motorway meets the M55.

The project is one of 123 in the Government’s £317 million ‘pinch-point’ initiative – a two year programme of targeted works being delivered alongside larger schemes and routine maintenance and improvements along the strategic road network.

Drivers can check traffic conditions before setting out on journeys. The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone.

Providing they can do so safely, road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line (0300 123 5000) to keep up to date with road conditions. Several Twitter feeds, giving information on ongoing incidents and congestion, are also provided by the Agency – including @HAtraffic_nwest.

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 2 July 2014