Press release

Planned road works in the North West: summary for Monday, 1 February to Sunday, 7 February 2016

Summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week.

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The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday, 29 January, and could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

M53 Moreton Spur

A 9 week resurfacing project started in December. The work which will run for another 2 weeks, features overnight closures of the M53 at junction 2 including slip roads and the main carriageway (10pm to 5am each night; week nights only.

M55 Junction 3 to 1

A four week scheme to introduce the new surface, and to replace drains, is scheduled to last for the next 2 weeks, subject to suitable weather conditions.

M6 junctions 16 to 19

Pre-construction work for the smart motorway upgrade is underway – typically with 1 or 2 lanes closed overnight between junctions in both directions and/or mobile lane closures along short sections of carriageway.

For more information visit the scheme website.

M6 junctions 19 to 20

Traffic management for a £14.5 million programme of bridge repairs and new safety barriers has now been set out with narrow lanes, 50 mph speed limit and use of the hard shoulder as a running lane in places.

For more information visit the scheme website.

M6 junction 34 Lancaster

Lancashire County Council work off the motorway on the Heysham Link project requires a lane 1 and hard shoulder closure in both directions on the motorway around junction 34.

For more information visit the scheme website.

M60 junction 8 Sale to M62 junction 20 Rochdale

A major scheme is taking place to cut congestion and improve journey times on parts of the M60 and the M62 in Greater Manchester. The scheme involves overnight slip road and carriageway closures with a 50mph limit in place for the safety of workers and drivers.

The project is due to be completed in autumn 2017.

For more information visit the scheme website.

M62 - junctions 9 to 11

Work to improve the safety barriers is scheduled to start on Friday 5 February for around 4 months. The motorway will be closed at the beginning of the scheme overnight to install traffic management and at the end of the scheme to remove it. Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

Work will take place Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm. However, there will be occasions where overnight and weekend working will be required. During the works, narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit will apply. On occasions lane closures will also be required.

M65 junction 6 to 5 westbound

A large sign is to be installed. A closure is planned to take place from 10pm Wednesday 3 February to 5am the following day and will only affect the westbound carriageway. A signed diversion will be in place.

A5036 Litherland

A £1.7 million project to resurface the main road to the Port of Liverpool is due to finish in March. A 2.5 mile stretch of the A5036 is being resurfaced from the junction with the M57 and the M58, known as Switch Island, to the junction with Hawthorne Road. All of the work will be carried out overnight to keep disruption to drivers to a minimum, and clearly signed diversions will be in place when short stretches of the road are closed.


Work has started to provide a new shared footway and cycleway on the A5117, between its 2 junctions with Powey Lane. The new route will improve safety as well as connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists. The work is taking place between 9am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday with temporary traffic lights in place – and is scheduled to last for another month.

A556 Knutsford to Bowdon

A £192 million project is being carried out to create a new dual carriageway linking the M56 to the M6 in Cheshire. A temporary 40mph speed limit is currently in place between Bucklow Hill and Bowdon, and the new dual carriageway is expected to open in winter 2016/17.

For more information visit the scheme website.

A56 Haslingden

Work has started to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians near the junction with the A680 - with new steel safety barriers and better pedestrian crossing arrangements including a new crossing island. Overnight between 8pm and 5am there will be lane closures in place during the week and around the clock at weekends. Some full carriageway closures on Friday and Sunday nights will also be needed to install, adjust or remove traffic management with clearly signed diversions in place. The scheme is now due to be completed in March.

A585 Fleetwood

Work started on Monday 18 January on a mile long stretch of the A585 in Fleetwood between the Station Road roundabout and the Dock Street/Warren St junction. The scheme includes road and footpath resurfacing, drainage repairs and pedestrian safety barrier replacement. Work is scheduled for 4 more weeks, subject to suitable weather conditions, and the majority will be carried out during the day using temporary traffic lights.

A590 Brettargh Holt

Works are still continuing at the roundabout to the A6, under daytime lane closures – no further full closures are expected for these works.

A590 Lindale Hill

Work resumed on 10 January to install new safety barriers and is due to last for a further week.

A590 Greenodd

Lane 1 of the eastbound carriageway just west of Greenodd roundabout is currently closed until further notice while we undertake a survey of the embankment.

A590 Foulshaw Lane

The eastbound carriageway will be closed on Wednesday 3 February between Millside and Gilpin Bridge. The official signed diversion is from Meathop to Newby Bridge, up the A592 to Windermere and then back down the A591 to Brettargh Holt.

A595 Lillyhall to A66 at Dobies

A £500,000 drainage project started in November resumed on Monday, 11 January. The work is weather dependent but is due to last for a further 3 weeks. Temporary traffic lights will be used during the day with a northbound road closure overnight and a signed diversion in place.

A66 Burns to Briery Interchange

Work began on Monday 11 January to install a new footpath linking the A66 and A591 as well as carry out carriageway repairs including strengthening and resurfacing. The work is due to last for a further 4 weeks and will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm each day with temporary traffic lights in place. The westbound exit slip will be closed for 2 weeks from the end of January for resurfacing works with a diversion in place via Crosthwaite roundabout.

A66 Stainburn by-pass

Overnight work started on Monday 11 January to resurface the carriageway between Chapel Brow and Stainburn roundabouts near Workington. The carriageway will be closed in both directions between 8pm and 6am every night with a signed diversion in place.

A66 Bassenthwaite Lake

Due to flooding and damage to the carriageway, the westbound dual carriageway is currently closed and awaiting repair. A contraflow system has been installed so drivers travelling westbound can use a lane of the eastbound carriageway.

A66 Llama Karma Café

Work begins on Monday 1 February for 6 weeks to build a dedicated right turn lane. Overnight works using lane closures and temporary traffic signals 7pm to 6am. A temporary 40mph speed limit will apply. Short daytime signalled lane closures may be necessary as work progresses.

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Published 1 February 2016