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Junction and motorway closures for M6 concrete pour

Drivers are being reminded the M6 at Knutsford in Cheshire will be affected by a second weekend of junction and motorway closures from tomorrow night (Friday 16 April) for work to finish pouring the concrete for a new bridge through the roundabout at junction 19.

The details for this weekend’s Friday-to-Sunday closures are as follows:

  • 8pm tomorrow (Friday 16 April) to 6am Saturday (17 April): closure of junction 19 but with the M6 remaining open (occasional lane closures in place). Drivers will be unable to leave or join the motorway at junction 19 and there will be no access to or from the A556 via the junction roundabout.
  • 6am to 8pm, Saturday (17 April): the motorway itself will be closed at junction 19 but a direct ‘up and over’ two-lane diversion will be in place with motorway users able to quickly leave and re-join the M6 via the roundabout by using the junction exit and entry slip roads. There will be no access to or from the A556 via the junction roundabout.
  • 8pm Saturday (17 April) to 6am Sunday (18 April): closure of junction 19 but with the M6 remaining open (occasional lane closures in place). Drivers will be unable to leave or join the motorway at junction 19 and there will be no access to or from the A556 via the junction roundabout.
  • Throughout the work, from 8pm tomorrow (Friday 16 April) to 6am on Sunday (18 April), access to the A556 Knutsford to Bowdon bypass from junction 7 of the M56 will also be closed.

The new bridge is set to open this summer and will provide direct links between the M6 and A556. 

The ‘up and over’ diversion at junction 19 worked well last weekend and back in January when the motorway was closed for  huge bridge beams to be lifted into place. However, with traffic volumes increasing as the pandemic restrictions ease and all retail outlets allowed to re-open on Monday (12 April), Highways England is advising drivers to avoid this section of the M6. Longer-distance drivers heading beyond Cheshire should choose alternative motorway routes.

All drivers are advised to check traffic conditions before setting out on journeys. Live traffic information is always available at www.trafficengland.com or from Highways England’s 24-7 customer contact centre at 0300 123 5000.   Updates will also be posted to @HighwaysNWest - Highways England’s regional Twitter feed.

More information on the project is available at:

https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/north-west/m6-junction-19/

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