M56 new junction 11aRecently updated

Proposals for a new junction to link the M56 to the A533 at Runcorn, creating an improved link to the new Mersey Gateway bridge from the south.

Region:  North West
Start date:  Summer 2020
Cost:  £40million - £100million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  Summer 2022
Programme:  

Progress report

Since announcing our ‘preferred route’ for this scheme – which involves converting Murdishaw roundabout into a signalised crossroads – we have held and continue to organise regular meetings with affected businesses, councils, residents and Members of Parliament (MPs). These include our ‘reference group’ meetings.

The route was announced in August 2017 after a public consultation held in January that year. Since then, we have been further developing our plans for the scheme.

For further information, please refer to the following reports and consultation materials which can be accessed on the consultation page.

You can view the reports and all the consultation material on the consultation page.

What's next?

We are carrying out drainage surveys and site investigations to allow us to design the scheme in more detail.

On 11th September 2018, we will hold our next reference group. This acts as a sounding board and ensures that the views of local stakeholders are captured as well as providing an opportunity to feed into the work of the project team. The group is not a decision making body and ultimate authority and accountability for the development of the proposals will continue to rest with Highways England. If you are a group representative and would like to attend the next meeting or require further information, please contact us on:

  • Email: M56NewJunction11a@highwaysengland.co.uk
  • Phone: +44 7714 837 627
  • Write to us at: M56 New J11a Project Team, Major Projects, Highways England, 4th Floor Barnett House, Fountain Street, Manchester, M2 2AN.

Timeline

Date Event
Dec 2014 Scheme announced in the Road Investment Strategy
January 2017 Public consultation on the options for the new junction 11a
August 2017 Announcement of the ‘preferred route’
Winter 2017 to Autumn 2018 Reference group meetings and various ground investigation surveys taking place
Winter 2018/2019 Public information exhibition
Summer 2020 Expected start of works

Why we need this scheme

The M56 provides an important link between Liverpool, Manchester and North Wales and provides access to enterprise zones and major development sites. The Mersey Gateway Bridge (a £2 billion investment with economic, transport and social benefits, including 4,640 new jobs, reduction in journey times of up to 10 minutes and improvements to public transport facilities) extends this area of access to sites north of the River Mersey and the Manchester ship canal.

Whilst the Mersey Gateway would relieve the congested and ageing Silver Jubilee Bridge at Halton as well as the M6 and M56, it is creating greater pressure on junction 12 of the M56 and on the links between junction 11 to junction 12 and junction 12 to junction 14. Currently used by around 90,000 vehicles each day, the area is in need of improvements to meet the expected increase in traffic coming from local roads.

The scheme was first announced in the government’s Road Investment Strategy to help relieve stress and pressure on the existing junctions and as an appropriate piece of infrastructure required to support the Mersey Gateway. The new junction 11a will play a role in realising the benefits of the Mersey Gateway scheme, provide an improved link from the south and support economic growth by reducing times from locations to the south east of the scheme area to destinations north of the River Mersey, such as John Lennon Airport.

The new junction would also provide improved access to the M56 from areas including Murdishaw, Brookvale and facilities such as Halton General Hospital and Whitehouse Industrial Estate, reducing journey times for residents from these areas as well as making the road network more resilient in the event of congestion at junction 12.

Aims

The changes are vital for reducing congestion in the future and improving both safety and journey times for all road users as well as increasing connectivity between local areas. The plans will also improve access for walkers and cyclists to the A56. These works will provide an improved link to the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and as part of the Road Investment Strategy, we aim to:

  • tackle congestion problems on the M56 and relieve pressure on junction 12
  • support jobs and economic growth in the wider area
  • improve road safety in turn reducing the number of collisions
  • minimise any negative impact on the environment such as air quality and noise pollution
  • provide a world-class strategic network

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The M56 eastbound entry slip at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 August 2018 to 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:44 am
Location : The M56 eastbound exit slip at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 August 2018 to 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:44 am
Location : The M56 eastbound between junctions J14 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 August 2018 to 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:44 am
Location : The M56 westbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 August 2018 to 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 7:44 am
Location : The M56 westbound between junctions J10 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 August 2018 to 04:00 on 21 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 17, 2018, 6:30 am

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