Closures planned on M6 for congestion work

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Overnight closures of the northbound M6 between junction 31 at Samlesbury and junction 32 at Broughton Interchange will be taking place from next weekend as part of the £7m pinch point widening project.

Full carriageway closures of the link road will be taking place on:

•Friday, July 11 from 10pm

• Saturday, July 12 from 9pm

• Wednesday, July 16 from 9pm

• Thursday, July 17 from 9pm

•Friday, July 18 from 10pm

•Saturday, July 19 from9pm

•Tuesday, July 22 from 9pm

• Wednesday, July 23 from 9pm

•Saturday, July 26 from 9pm

In each case the carriageway will re-open by 6am the following morning.

Drivers on the M55 wishing to join the southbound M6 should do so at junction 31 at Samlesbury instead – leaving the M55 at junction 1 then using the southbound A6 and A5085 Blackpool Road and then eastbound A59.

The closures are to allow for the safe removal of the existing parapet rail and its replacement on the M6 bridge that passes over the link road.

The Highways Agency is widening the northbound carriageway of the M6 ahead of and through junction 32 at Broughton Interchange where the motorway meets the M55.

The project is one of 123 in the Government’s £317m ‘pinch-point’ initiative – a two year programme of targeted works being delivered alongside larger schemes and routine maintenance and improvements along the strategic road network.

Neil Sterio of the Highways Agency said: “This is a major investment in the motorway network, and actually the biggest scheme anywhere in the North West in terms of pinch point projects.

“It’s designed to tackle congestion at busy motorway junctions and is good news in the long run, but there will be some disruption in the short term.

“Having said that, most of the work will be done overnight, when the motorway is quieter, and they are decent diversions at that time of night.

“We are committed to minimising the disruption to the commuters whose lives this work will improve.”

During the daytime, there will be narrowed lanes and a 50mph speed limit enforced on the motorway in the area.

Mr Sterio added: “We would like to thank drivers for their patience during this time. “

It is the latest in a long line of works affecting the Broughton area.

Lancashire County Council spent £2.6m carrying out improvements to the roundabout at the junction of the A6 and M55 last year, to allow it to cope with more traffic.

The scheme was completed in December, but in March commuters were hit with more delays as the surface failed and closures were needed for repairs.

Drivers can check traffic conditions before setting out on journeys.

The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone.

Road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line (0300 123 5000) to keep up to date with road conditions. Several Twitter feeds, giving information on ongoing incidents, are also provided by the Agency – follow them via @HAtraffic_nwest.