M6 overnight closure and diversion details released

Full details have now been released about diversions being operated during overnight closures of the M6 in Lancashire.

Monday, 23rd May 2016, 6:48 am
Updated Monday, 23rd May 2016, 8:51 am
FUTURE: Work carries on to create the new junction

Drivers using the M6 in the Lancaster area are being advised of two overnight closures as part of ongoing works for the Heysham to M6 Link Road.

Tonight the motorway will close at 8pm and re-open by 6am tomorrow.

A second provisional closure is booked for tomorrow night from 8pm to 6am.

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The closure is required to permit the safe lifting and fitting into place of the new parapets on Foundry Lane Bridge over the M6.

Foundry Lane bridge carries traffic to Halton from Kellet Lane. The current bridge has been extended to accommodate the new northbound slip road of junction 34 onto the M6 underneath.

Diversion signs will be erected on the M6 prior to junction 34 (northbound) and junction 35 (southbound) its important drivers familiarise themselves with alternative routes, and plan their journeys ahead.

During the closure between junction 34 and 35 of the M6 all traffic will be diverted along the A6.

Southbound traffic on the M6 will exit at junction 35 and will be diverted on the A6 via Carnforth, Bolton-le-Sands, Slyne, Skerton and Lancaster. They will be guided to re-join the M6 at junction 34.

Northbound traffic on the M6 will exit at junction 34 and will be diverted on the A6 via Lancaster, Skerton, Slyne, Bolton-le-Sands, and Carnforth. They will be guided to re-join the M6 at junction 35.

Costain Project Manager Richard Helme said: “We have planned two overnight closures where we will complete the task of installing the parapets as quickly and as safely as possible.

To maximise the use of the overnight closure of the M6 motorway, the new southbound off slip will also be opened in a temporary alignment. As Costain will still be working on Caton Road, the junction with the new off slip will be controlled bzy temporary traffic lights. This is for the safety of both the workers and the travelling public.

The Heysham to M6 Link Road will be a 4.8km dual carriageway connecting the Heysham and Morecambe peninsula directly to the M6 motorway via a newly-configured junction 34.