Info for Southport Motorists on North West Motorways – Monday 8 to Sunday 14 October 2012

Please note: There may be heavy traffic around the M6 Junction 32 and M55 due to Blackpool Illuminations until Sunday 4 November


M6, Junction 20 to 20a Lymm
A project to provide safer and smoother access from the southbound side of the M6 onto the M56 at Lymm Interchange is due to start on Monday 8 October. Junction 20 will be closed overnight along with lane closures on the southbound side of the M6 ahead of Junction 20a. The work will be carried out between 10pm and 5am each night, and is due to be completed by Thursday 8 November. Diversions will be in place when the junction is closed.

M6 Junction 39 Northbound exit slip
Full closure of the northbound exit slip for patching and sealing from 8-15 October between the hours of 8pm – 6am. Drivers will be diverted up to Junction 40 to turn and exit at Junction 39 from the southbound exit slip road.

M6, Junction 21a Birchwood
Overnight work to resurface the exit slip roads at Junction 21a of the M6, which lead to the westbound side of the M62, is taking place until the end of November. The work is being carried out between 10pm and 5am and diversions will be in place when the slip roads are closed.

M60 Junctions 4 to 2 South Manchester
A major project is underway between Junctions 4 and 2 of the M60 and along the A34 to reduce congestion and improve safety. Various traffic restrictions are currently in place including daytime hard shoulder closures along the M60 anti-clockwise for 2 miles, and a 50mph speed limit through narrowed lanes. There will also be some overnight closures during the project, which will be in place from 9pm to 5am weekdays, and 9pm to 7am at weekends. The
closures will affect
• M56 eastbound between Junctions 3 and 1 
• M60 anticlockwise between Junctions 5 and 3
• The entry slip road from the northbound A34 onto the anti-clockwise M60 at Junction 3
• M60 Junction 3 anti-clockwise exit slip road onto the southbound A34
• M60 Junction 3 clockwise exit slip road which merges with the anti-clockwise exit slip road before meeting the southbound A34
Work is expected to be completed by Thursday 15 November.

A66, Brougham Bridges
There are 24 hour lane closures in place for bridge maintenance work. The work is due to be completed by the end of October.

A66 Dubwath and Thornthwaite
There will be 24 hour lane closures with traffic signals while drainage works take place. The work is due to be completed on Tuesday 23 October.

A66 Appleby bypass to Sandford Jct
Daytime traffic signals and lane closures are in place for rabbit proofing and drainage repairs between the hours of 9.30am – 3.30pm. The work is due to be completed by 21 October.


M6 Junction 31
Drivers are warned of possible delays in the Fulwood area of Preston around the M6 Junction 31a as two extra lanes are added to the motorway slip road, which takes traffic from the motorway onto Bluebell Way. Traffic signals will also be added to the roundabout. The work is being carried out by the council on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency.

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