Traffic Chaos Likely as M56 Closes over Busy Holiday Weekend

PEOPLE planning to get away early this weekend either from Manchester Airport or on holiday in the UK should be aware the M56 is largely a no go area, writes Peter Devine

According to the Highways Agency, the motorway will be shut near Manchester Airport this weekend as the Highways Agency demolishes a bridge as part of its £5.5m project.

The agency says the motorway will be totally closed in both directions between junction 5 at Manchester Airport and junction 6 at Hale, for up to 55 hours from 10pm on Friday night (Friday, August 1) and ‘may be’ closed until 5am on Monday morning (August 4).

Drivers needing to access the airport from the M60 and Manchester will still be able to use the airport spur from the westbound M56 at junction 5.

However, people heading towards the airport along the eastbound M56 from North Wales and Liverpool will need to leave at junction 6 for Hale and follow the short diversion using Runger Lane.

People travelling to the airport are being urged to leave extra time for journeys and check traffic conditions before setting out.

Drivers not needing to access the airport are strongly advised to avoid this section of the M56 over the weekend – people usually using the M56 to travel beyond Manchester Airport in either direction will be directed instead to use the M6, M62 and M60 instead via Lymm (M56), Croft (M62) and Eccles (M60) interchanges. Local diversions will also be in place.

Installation of the new bridge has been pencilled in for November with further weekend closures of the motorway.

The pinch-point programme, devised with the input of councils and local enterprise partnerships, is designed to help stimulate new development and local economic growth by improving road safety and tackling congestion bottle-necks. In all, 28 projects, worth £66 million, are being delivered across the North West.

More details of the work are available at http://​www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​r​o​a​d​s​/​r​o​a​d​-​p​r​o​j​e​c​t​s​/​m​5​6​-​t​h​o​r​l​e​y​-​l​a​n​e​-​s​c​h​e​me/