Holidaymakers jetting off from Manchester Airport are being urged to allow extra time for their journey as the M56 will be closed for the whole weekend at the end of the month.
A new bridge is being installed between junction 6 at Hale and junction 5 at Manchester Airport with the motorway totally closed in both directions between these junctions between 10pm on Friday February, 27, and 5am on Monday, March 2.
Lancashire motorists are being urged to avoid joining the eastbound M56 from the M6 and instead use the westbound M56 via the M62 and M60 south of Manchester.
Anyone approaching the airport from the westbound M56 will still be able to get to the airport from junction 5. However, with the motorway closed beyond the airport exit, traffic is likely to be busier.
Highways Agency Project Sponsor Mark Mosley said: “It is vital for everyone to understand you should only be using this part M56 over this particular weekend if you are travelling to the airport – and you should leave extra time.
“When we closed the motorway to demolish the bridge last August we did have non-airport traffic from outside the area ignoring the official diversion routes – causing problems for themselves and people on legitimate airport journeys.
“We urge drivers to heed our advice.”