M6 night closures set to start

WIDENING: Motorists on the M6 and M55 have been warned to expect diversions
WIDENING: Motorists on the M6 and M55 have been warned to expect diversions
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Drivers using the M6 and M55 around Preston in Lancashire are being warned that there will be weekend motorway closures in the coming weeks as part of the £7m widening improvements.

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.

To lay out traffic management for the work, which is expected to be completed by November, the northbound M6 was closed from junction 31 on Saturday and Sunday night between 9pm and 6am.

Drivers will be able to rejoin the northbound M6 by following a signed diversion route along the A59, A5085, A6 and joining the eastbound M55 for the northbound M6.

The eastbound link road from the M55 onto the northbound M6 will itself close overnight between 9pm and 6am tonight and Tuesday morning.

Drivers wishing to access the northbound M6 will need to leave the M55 at junction 1 and follow the diversion route along the A6 to Junction 33 of the M6 at Galgate.

Further overnight closures of the northbound M6 at junction 31 will be taking place next weekend starting on Friday night and the following weekend starting on Friday June 13 – with Friday night to Saturday morning and Saturday night to Sunday morning closures. All Friday night to Saturday morning closures will be between 10pm and 6am each night. Saturday night to Sunday morning closures start an hour earlier at 9pm.

The closures are to safely carry out the installation of a temporary safety barrier and narrow lanes and include some works on overhead gantries. Some closures of the southbound carriageway will also need to take place soon but the timings have yet to be finalised.

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.

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

Local Twitter services are also available at @HAtraffic_nwest and @HAtraffic_pen9 for Transpennine routes.

Road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line (0300 123 5000).

• Meanwhile, work will take place next weekend to repair a bridge on the A59 near Tarleton after it was struck by a vehicle in March.

Bank Bridge carries the main A59 Liverpool Road over the River Douglas. It was badly damaged when struck by a vehicle, resulting in a length of the parapet wall being demolished.

Lancashire County Council recovered the fallen stonework earlier this year and is now ready to reconstruct the wall.

The road will need to be restricted to one-way traffic controlled by temporary lights while the repairs take place, but engineers will be working overnight to minimise disruption and complete the job as quickly as possible, while keeping the bridge open during the day.

Work will start at midnight on Saturday June 7, with the road being reopened at 9am on Sunday. Work will then begin again at midnight on Sunday, with the road being reopened at 5am on Monday.