The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 13 October 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.
Drivers looking for road works information (such as overnight carriageway closures) for individual schemes should now visit www.trafficengland.com. Some of our larger schemes have project pages giving other information. These can now be accessed from a dedicated regional page: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/north-west.
M56 Junctions 7 and 9 (Bowdon to Lymm)
Overnight work to replace sections of the steel safety barrier in the verges and central reservation started last month and is due to be completed in October. Work is taking place between 9pm and 5am each night, Monday to Friday, and relying on lane closures and occasional slip road closures where work in a lane passes a slip road. Clearly-signed diversions will be in place when a slip road is closed.
M6 junctions 16 to 19 (Cheshire smart motorway)
Work is underway to upgrade the M6 to a smart motorway between Crewe and Knutsford, converting the hard shoulder to an extra lane and introducing new variable speed limits. Narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit are in place for the safety of drivers and workers. The southbound carriageway will be closed overnight from 10pm until 6am between junctions 17 and 16 for three nights from Friday 13 October.
M6 junction 21a/M62 junction 10 (Croft Interchange)
Construction work is taking place on a major project to tackle congestion and improve the flow of traffic between the M6 and M62 at Croft Interchange. A 50mph speed limit, backed by average speed cameras, is in place along main carriageways of both the M6 and M62 and interchange link roads. As part of the work, the eastbound carriageway will be closed overnight from 10pm to 5am between junctions 9 and 11 on Friday 13 October.
M6 Gathurst Viaduct
Work on an overnight project to resurface and repair the bridge and to install cross-over gates started in August and is ongoing. Occasional full carriageway and frequent lane closures are needed throughout the project but will be used during overnight periods only. Hard shoulders and a contraflow arrangement with a 40mph speed limit are being used to keep 3 lanes running in each direction during the day.
M56 junctions 2 to 5 (Wythenshawe to Manchester Airport)
Resurfacing work is being carried out on the M56 between junctions 2 and 5. Lane and carriageway closures are in place overnight between 10pm and 5am, Monday to Friday, and some work will also be carried out at weekends. Clearly-signed diversions will be in place during carriageway closures.
M60 junction 8 to M62 junction 20 (Sale to Rochdale)
A major smart motorway 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 narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit in place for the safety of drivers and road workers. The clockwise M60 between junctions 8 and 12, and the westbound M62 between junctions 20 and 18, will be closed overnight for five nights from Monday 16 October. The eastbound M62 between junctions 18 and 20 will also be closed overnight for two nights from Saturday 14 October, and the westbound M62 between junctions 19 and 18 will be closed overnight bon Sunday 15 October. Clearly-signed diversions will be in place.
M61 between Junctions 5 and 6 (Westhoughton to Middlebrook)
Overnight work to resurface sections of the northbound carriageway started last month and is due to be completed in October. Work is taking place between 9pm and 5am each night, Monday to Friday, and relying on lane closures and occasional slip road closures where work in a lane passes a slip road. Clearly-signed diversions will be in place when a slip road is closed.
Overnight work, including lane closures, will start on Sunday (22 October) to carry out repairs and repaint road markings along both carriageways. The work, between the junction with the A685 at Brough and the boundary with County Durham, is set to last up to 3 weeks. During the work, drivers may be held at temporary traffic lights and led past the road works by a contractor’s vehicle (convoy working).
A550/A540 Two Mills junction
Work is taking place on a junction improvement scheme, including new facilities for cyclists, at the Welsh Road/Parkgate Road junction. The work is now in its final phase and overnight resurfacing will be take place – half the junction at a time – this weekend (from Friday 13 October) and next weekend. The closures will be in place from 8pm and be removed by 7am on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and by 5am on Monday mornings. Localised signed diversion routes will be in place and pedestrian access will still be possible.
A556 Knutsford to Bowdon link road
Work is now well underway to convert the old A556 (Chester Road) between the M6 and M56 into a single carriageway B road – the B5569 – with a green corridor for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders.
A56 Accrington Bypass (Bent Gate to Edenfield)
Overnight work to install new lighting and safety barriers along the northbound and southbound carriageways is due to be completed in the winter. The work is taking place between 8pm and 6am, Monday to Friday only. Some weekend and daytime working may be required later in the project. Some full carriageway closures may also be required with clearly-signed diversions in place.
A590 Lindale Hill
Work is taking place to resurface and carry out drainage repairs along the eastbound carriageway. One lane will be closed throughout the project. The eastbound carriageway will also be totally closed for 4 nights – between 8pm and 6am each night – from Monday 16 October. A diversion will be in place between the roundabouts at Newby Bridge and Brettargh Holt via Bowness, and the project is due to be completed in November.
A595 Bransty to Loop Road North
A 3 week, overnight – 7pm to midnight – resurfacing project started on Monday 2 October. Some bridge repairs will also be taking place. During the work, drivers may be held at temporary traffic lights and led past the road works by a contractor’s vehicle (convoy working).
A66 Newbiggin to Stainton Eastbound
Work is taking place to resurface the eastbound carriageway. Some overnight work will include traffic being held at temporary traffic lights and led at 10mph past the roadworks by a contractor’s vehicle. There will also be some overnight junction closures with clearly-signed diversions in place. The project is due to be completed by the end of October.
A66 Stainton to Dacre
There will be 24 hour lane closures in place for carriageway repairs and resurfacing along the eastbound carriageway until late October. Overnight work may involve drivers being held at temporary traffic lights and led by a contractor’s vehicle at 10mph past the roadworks (convoy working).