Planned road works in the North West – summary for Monday, 14 March to Sunday, 20 March 2016

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday, 11 March, 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.   

M56 Sharston Link

Carriageway maintenance works on both carriageways of the M56, between junction 1 and junction 3. This will include surfacing of carriageway. Work is taking place in a number of phases on the eastbound and westbound carriageway.

M57 Tarbock

Resurfacing for both carriageways between junctions 1 and 2 for approximately 4 weeks

Work will progress in a number of phases, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9pm and 7am. Most work will be done on weekdays, though some weekend working may be required which will be carried out between 8pm and 7am.

M6 junctions 16 to 19: Cheshire smart motorway

Work is underway for the smart motorway upgrade – 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 at:

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 at:

M6 junctions 24 to 23

Phase 1 of overnight maintenance works on Beeches Bridge including waterproofing the bridge and resurfacing over the bridge deck started on 26 February for around 6 weeks between the hours of 10pm Friday to 5am Monday.

Overnight closures of the M6 southbound carriageway between junction 24 and junction 23 will take place between 10pm and 6am on some nights this week and potentially next week. Specific dates are affected by severe weather.

M6 junctions 27 to 29

Surfacing works is shortly due to commence on the northbound and southbound carriageway. This will be undertaken Monday to Friday between the hours of 9pm and 5am. Works are due to start on 14 March and are scheduled for completion July 2016. To facilitate the works lane closures will be requires as well as slip road closures at junction 7 only. Diversion routes will be in place.

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 at

M6 junctions 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 reflective studs and road markings, and upgrade safety barriers. The work is expected to last for 6 more weeks.

Full closures are planned this week and possibly next. Specific dates are subject to weather conditions. 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.

M60 junctions 1 to 27: St Mary’s Retaining Wall

Maintenance works to the retaining wall has commenced and due for completion in April. This will include removal of graffiti and installation of anti-access facilities. Closures to the M60 will be required from 14 to 18 March between the hours of 10pm and 5am. Diversion routes will be in place.

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 at:

M62 junctions 7 to  8

Surfacing works have commenced on the eastbound and westbound carriageway. This will be undertaken Monday to Friday between the hours of 9pm and 5am. Works are scheduled for completion end of April. To facilitate the works lane closures will be requires as well as slip road closures at J7 only. Diversion routes will be in place.

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. 

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 at

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 by the end of this month

A56 Rising Bridge roundabout

Work has started to improve safety and reduce delays at Rising Bridge Roundabout near Haslingden. Works will be carried out daily between 10pm and 5am, and will involve single closures on A56 and Rising Bridge roundabout.  Some full carriageway closures will be needed, during which times fully signed diversion routes will be in place. Works are scheduled for completion at the end of July.

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.

A590 Newby Bridge to Barrow Banks

Plans to resurface a 1.4 mile stretch of dual carriageway on the A590 from Newby Bridge roundabout to Barrow Banks have been severely weather-affected. One more full road closure is planned between the hours of 8pm to 6am on Sat 19 March. Access for residents will be maintained throughout

A temporary speed limit of 30mph will apply on the westbound approach to the closure, and a diversion will be clearly signed.

A66 Barras Junction to Stainmore

Resurfacing work until the end of March during the day with a 40 mph speed limit and contraflow running.

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.

A663 Broadway,

Resurfacing on a 1.5 mile stretch of the A663 Broadway, between the A627M up to the junction with Foxdenton Lane to tackle chips, cracks and potholes.

Work will take place between 10pm and 5am, Monday to Friday, and until 7am at weekends. Some overnight carriageway closures will be required, with clearly-signed diversions in place. Access for local residents will be maintained at all times. Works are scheduled for completion at the end of April.

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