Press release

Planned roadworks in the North West: summary for Monday 7 September to Sunday 13 September 2015

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 4 September 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 junction 7 (Overpool)

A half mile stretch of the northbound carriageway at junction 7 near Overpool M53 will be closed over the next two weekends to resurface and re-waterproof the bridges which carry the motorway over the roundabout at the junction.

The closure will be in place from 8pm each Friday until 6am each Monday, with a diversion taking drivers off the exit slip road and then back on the entry slip road at the junction. The northbound side of the M53 will be closed from 8pm tonight (Friday 4 September) until 6am on Monday (7 September).

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.

M6 Junction 24 and 25 Ashton and Bryn

A £945,000 scheme to resurface sections of the main carriageway and slip roads around these junctions has begun and will be completed by Tuesday 6 October. All the work is overnight – between 9pm and 6am each night – involving single slip road closures (junction 24 slip roads and the junction 25 southbound entry slip road) and lane closures on the main carriageway.

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.

A5036 Litherland

A £1.7 million project to resurface the main road to the Port of Liverpool started on Monday 24 August. A two and a half 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. The work is due to be finished in February.

A55/A483 Roundabout, Chester

Work has now been largely completed at this scheme with the junction fully open to drivers. Some snagging work and installation of street lights remains, which will be carried out using overnight lane closures only. For more information visit the scheme webpage.

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 webpage.

A595 (south of Workington)

Work to replace drainage and improve footpaths will start on Monday (7 September). between the junction with the A66 at Bridgefoot and further south at Winscales. The work will start on Monday 7 September and is due to be completed by Friday 16 October. Work will be delivered using off-peak traffic signals between 9.30am and 3.30pm and again between 8pm and 6am each day.


A 3 week £160,000 programme of works to update safety cameras and carry out rock face protection started on Tuesday (2 September) – with the westbound carriageway closed for 3 weeks and a contraflow system in operation using a lane on the eastbound carriageway. For more information see the news release.

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Published 4 September 2015