Press release

Quieter M56 for Cheshire residents

People living around the M56 at Frodsham and Helsby in Cheshire are to benefit from reduced motorway noise thanks to a £1.4 million Highways Agency resurfacing project starting next week.


Work to resurface large sections of the westbound carriageway between junction 12 at Runcorn and junction 14 at Hapsford will start on Monday (28 July) and should be completed by Friday 26 September. The work will also include renewing worn roadmarkings on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 12.

During the repairs, the existing surfacing material is being replaced by a lower noise surfacing – benefiting people who neighbour the motorway Motorway users will also benefit from a smoother surface.

Highways Agency project sponsor Jakub Malaj said:

Residents have complained about surface noise levels from this section of the motorway and where we can we now resurface using lower noise materials so we are delighted to get this project underway. Drivers will also benefit of course - from safer, smoother journeys.

All of the resurfacing will be done overnight between 10pm and 5am, Mondays to Fridays. To do this safely, the motorway maybe be reduced to single lane running overnight with access to the westbound carriageway at junction 12 closed occasionally overnight with a clearly-signed diversion in place.

During the day drivers may notice some hard shoulder closures associated with the work.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 25 July 2014