Press release

Planned road works in the North West: summary for Monday 9 November to Sunday 15 November 2015

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 6 November 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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M53 Ellesmere Port

Bridge repairs are taking place and some lane closures will remain in place on the slip roads until the project is completed by the end of November.

M56 junction 12 Runcorn

The eastbound exit slip road at junction 12 for Runcorn and Widnes closed on 12 October for up to 5 weeks as work continues on the Mersey Gateway bridge project. Drivers will need to travel to junction 11 at Daresbury to join the westbound M56 and travel back to the westbound exit slip road at junction 12 to leave the motorway for Runcorn and Widnes. More information is available at the scheme page.

M6 junction 23 Haydock

Work to re-waterproof Beeches Bridge carrying the southbound M6 just north of junction 23 of the motorway at Haydock will start on Friday (13 November). A full southbound carriageway closure to set out traffic management will be in place between junction 24 and junction 23 from 10pm on Friday night until 5am on Saturday morning (14 November). Once this is done the carriageway will operate with 2 of the 3 lanes open and with a 50mph speed limit in place. Overnight work will reduce the carriageway to 1 lane on Saturday night. On Sunday night from 10pm (15 November) a further southbound closure will take place – with the carriageway re-opening from 5am on Monday (16 November). The southbound exit slip road at junction 23 will be closed for the whole weekend and drivers will need to leave the motorway via the northbound exit slip road (joining the northbound carriageway via junction 22 of the motorway. The work maybe postponed due to wet weather.

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. Weekend work to remove large gantries between junction 19 and junction 20 of the M62 will begin with a series of full overnight carriageway closures next weekend – between 9pm on Saturday (14 November) and 10am on Sunday (15 November). More information is available on the project webpage.

M62 junction 10/M6 junction 21a Croft interchange

The exit slip roads from the westbound M62 onto the northbound M6, and from the eastbound M62 onto the southbound M6, will be closed overnight, between 8pm and 6am while repair work takes place on the motorway bridges. Drivers will be able to follow clearly-signed diversion routes. Narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit will also be in place on the slip roads during the day. The scheme is due to be completed in December.

A5036 Litherland

A £1.7 million project to resurface the main road to the Port of Liverpool started on 24 August and is due to finish in February. A 2 ½ 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. Phase 2 of the work started on 11 October.

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. The single slip road (from the southbound A556 onto the westbound M56) at junction 8 of the M56 closed in September for bridge works associated with the wider project. The slip road is now due to re-open in early-December.

More information is available on the project web page.

A585 Skippool to Singleton

Work began on 28 September on an 11 to 12 week scheme to improve drainage and footpaths along this section of the route. Work will take place around the clock but temporary traffic signals will only be used overnight. The project should be completed before Friday 18 December.

A590 Lindale

Work to replace the verge side safety barrier along a dual carriageway section will start on Monday night (9 November) following an overnight carriageway closure between 8pm and 6am tomorrow night into Sunday morning. The work will be completed by Sunday 20 December (dates revised from last week’s bulletin).

A590 Brettargh Holt

Wear and tear repairs along the westbound carriageway between Brettargh Holt roundabout and the junction with the A6 will start on Monday (9 November) for around 6 weeks. The first phase of the work will be done using single lane closures on the westbound dual carriageway with a temporary speed limit of 40mph past the roadworks. Full overnight closures of the westbound carriageway are due to take place for up to 8 nights from Monday 7 December.

A66 Appleby

A £1.76 million carriageway reconstruction project near Crackenthorpe began in mid-October and will last until Sunday 20 December. Temporary traffic lights are in place – manually controlled during the day – and a 40mph speed limit will also be in place past the road works.

A66 Bassenthwaite Lake

A programme of work to update safety cameras and carry out rock face protection started on Tuesday 2 September – with the westbound carriageway closed and a contraflow system in operation using a lane on the eastbound carriageway.

A66 Troutbeck

A £500,000 project to remove a bottleneck west of Penrith was due to be completed on Sunday (8 November). The work will now be completed by Monday 23 November. The work has involved widening the single lane carriageway to incorporate 2 new dedicated right turns into businesses on either side of the road – reducing queuing and shunt-style collisions.

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Published 6 November 2015