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Planned road works in the North West: summary for Monday, 15 February to Sunday, 21 February 2016

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, 12 February, 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.

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. More information about the project is available on the 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. More information is available on the project webpage.

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. More information is available on the project website.

M6 junction 36 to 35: Holme to Burton Services

Work started on February 1 between junctions 36 (Holme) and 35 (Burton Services) to resurface the carriageway, renew studs and road markings, and upgrade safety barriers. The work is expected to last for 7 more weeks.

Four overnight closures are planned for March. At other times, a single lane closure and 50 mph speed limit will manage traffic through the works for the safety of crews and road users. The programme is subject to suitable weather conditions.

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. More information is available at the project webpage.

M62 - junctions 9 to 11

Work to improve the safety barriers began in early February and is expected to last for around 4 months. 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. Clearly signed diversions 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 2 weeks.

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. More information is available on the project web page.

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 2 more weeks, subject to suitable weather conditions, and the majority will be carried out during the day using temporary traffic lights.

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.

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 week. 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 2 weeks and will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm each day with temporary traffic lights in place. The westbound exit slip is closed closed until late February for resurfacing works with a diversion in place via Crosthwaite roundabout.

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 began 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 applies. Short daytime signalled lane closures may be necessary as work progresses.

A66 Embleton

Work to reduce flood risk on a mile stretch of the A66 at Embleton began on 1 February. The programme includes the construction of new storm drains as well as resurfacing and new road markings.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of April with a break between 24 and 29 March to minimise disruption at Easter.

Temporary traffic lights operate 24 hours a day for the safety of crews and drivers.

Full road closures in both directions will also be required on some nights between 8pm and 6am, and at some weekends.

When the road is closed, diversions for HGVs and other vehicles will be clearly signed. Drivers are advised to use the A591 and the A595. This route is not suitable for HGVs which should use the M6 and A595.

Dates of closures will be announced nearer the time.

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Published 16 February 2016