The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 10 November 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.


M53 Junction 3 Woodchurch

A maintenance project to repair the 2 bridges which carry the junction roundabout over the motorway is now underway. There will be occasional overnight 9pm to 5am M53 main carriageway closures to install and remove narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit under the bridges. In the new year, sections of the roundabout itself will also be closed overnight occasionally to install narrow lanes and a 30mph speed limit, and for resurfacing/re-waterproofing of the bridge decks. A 7.5 tonne weight restriction (with a diversion via junction 1 of the northbound carriageway) will also be in place on the north bridge in 2018.



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.



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 later this month. 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.



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.



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.



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.



M66 Junctions 1 to 2

A project to deliver resurfacing, new drainage and new safety barriers along the northbound carriageway started on Friday (10 November). All the work will take place overnight between 8pm and 5am between Monday and Friday only. There will be nightly closures of the northbound carriageway for around two months. A clearly-signed diversion will be in place using the A58 and A56.



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 this 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.



A66 North Stainmore

Work is taking place to resurface a half-a-mile section of the A66 between North Stainmore and Brough in Cumbria. Reflective road studs will also be replaced and road markings will be repainted. Most of the work will be done using single lane closures but some overnight closures of the westbound carriageway will be required on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Clearly-signed diversions will be in place.