Press release

Planned road works in the North West – summary for Monday 11 to Sunday 17 May

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 8 May 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.

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M6 Junction 16 Crewe and Junction 18 Holmes Chapel

Work is taking place to repair two bridges, which carry Congleton Road and Betchton Road over the M6. Lane closures and a 50mph limit will be in place along sections of the M6 while the work is taking place. More information is available at on the road project webpage.

M6 Junction 17 Sandbach

A major project is being carried out to reduce congestion and allow for faster journey times through junction 17 of the M6, including building a new roundabout and a new link road from the A534 to the M6. Work is taking place overnight between 8pm and 5am during the week, and until 7am at weekends. Some lane closures will also be in place, along with a 40mph speed limit on the A534. More information is available on the road project webpage

M6 Tebay

A 6-week scheme to renew the boundary fence near Tebay in Cumbria started on Monday 13 April. Work to replace the current fence – alongside the northbound carriageway and which helps stop animals straying onto the motorway – is expected to be completed by Sunday 31 May. The work is taking place just south of junction 38 near Roundthwaite and involves closing the hard shoulder and lane 1 during the work. The A685 local road which runs over the M6 will also be affected with temporary traffic lights in place.

M6 Junction 32 Preston

The northbound side of the M6 will be closed overnight between junctions 31 and 32 next week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night (9pm to 6am) and Friday night (10pm to 6am). A diversion will be in place via A59, A5085, A6 and the eastbound M55 from junction 1. A hard shoulder and lane 1 closure will be in place overnight during the same period through junction 32.

M6 Junction 44 Carlisle to Junction 45 Gretna

Two lanes will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 6am, from Monday 11 May while work takes place to paint road markings and installed reflective road studs. One lane will also be closed during the day, and there will be some slip road closures with diversions in place. A temporary 50mph speed limit will be in place between the junctions. The scheme is due to be completed by Monday 1 June.

M53 Junction 2 Moreton

A project is taking place to upgrade the bridges on the section of the M53 at junction 2, removing weight restrictions and reinstating lanes. The southbound exit and entry slip roads are currently closed to all traffic. A 50mph speed limit and narrow lanes are in place. The scheme is due to be completed by the end of August.

M56 Junction 11 Daresbury

A major project is taking place to tackle congestion at junction 11 of the M56 near Daresbury. Clearly signed diversions will be in place when roads are closed.

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 will require some overnight closures affecting the full carriageway and slip roads, with a 50mph limit in place for the safety of workers and drivers. The project is due to be completed in Autumn 2017. Overnight carriageway closures for gantry removals will take place on 3 Saturdays in May (beginning tomorrow, Saturday 9 May, but excluding the bank holiday weekend - see news release. You can also visit the project webpage. for more information.

A55/A483 Roundabout, Chester

Drivers travelling between Chester and Wrexham are being encouraged to avoid the roundabout that links the A55 to the A483 while work takes place to upgrade the junction. There are currently lane closures on the roundabout while work takes place to increase the number of lanes from 3 to 4. More information is available on the project web page The scheme is due to be completed by the end of June.

A556 Bowdon to Knutsford

A £192 million project is being carried out to create a new dual carriageway linking the M56 to the M6 in Cheshire. A mile-long section of the existing A556 will be upgraded from junction 7 of the M56 near Bowdon before breaking away to the west, bypassing the village centres of Bucklow Hill, Mere and Over Tabley. It will then join up with junction 19 of the M6 near Knutsford. 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. Overnight closures of the A556 between Bowdon Roundabout and Bucklow Hill will be taking place for a week at the end of May. More details will be released nearer the time and will also be posted on the project web page.

A595 Bigrigg

Work to repair drainage started on Monday 27 April and will last until the end of May. Temporary traffic signals will be in use – but operated only at off-peak times whenever possible.

A595 Whitehaven

A week-long project to tackle wear and tear along the A595 near Whitehaven between Hillcrest Avenue and Inkerman Terrace will start on Monday 11 May. To minimise inconvenience to road users, the work will only take place overnight between 8pm and 6am with temporary traffic lights in place.

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Published 8 May 2015