North West - Maintenance schemes

Maintenance schemes taking place in the North West region.

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We plan to replace the safety barrier along the A56 Accrington Bypass, between Rising Bridge roundabout and A679 Burnley Road. This will take place at various locations within the central reservation and in the verge at footpath crossing points. Our aim is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers. 

Work is due to start on or shortly after 19 October 2020 for approximately 21 weeks. This will take place between the hours of 10pm and 6am, Monday to Friday.

For safety purposes, overnight full closures are required on the A56 Accrington Bypass between Rising Bridge roundabout and A679 Burnley Road. Please note that only one side of the carriageway will be closed at a time. To ensure journeys are maintained, a signed diversion route via the A680 Manchester Road and A679 Burnley Road will be in place.  

Diversion routes

Closure of A56 between Rising Bridge roundabout and the A679 (NB)

Closure of A56 between Rising Bridge roundabout and the A679 (SB)

We’re planning to carry out maintenance work on the A66 Appleby Bypass. Located between Appleby and Brough, the bypass has deteriorated over the years and now requires significant essential repairs. This will ensure the bypass remains safe and suitable for future use.

The work will take place both sides of the dual carriageway section of the A66. This will include resurfacing the carriageway, installing new waterproofing on the Bongate Moor Farm underpass, and replacing the road markings. We’re proposing to carry out the repairs in two phases:

Phase 1 – waterproofing to Bongate Moor Farm Underpass
We plan to start the waterproofing work from 11 April 2021, and it will take us around five weeks to complete. This will take place between 7pm and 6am, Monday to Friday.

Phase 2 – carriageway surfacing and replacement of road markings
From 14 June, the surfacing work will start, and we’re aiming to have this finished by the end of November 2021. This will take place between 7pm and 6am, Sunday to Friday.

Traffic management
For safety to road users and our workforce, daytime lane closures and a reduced speed limit (minimum of 30mph) will be in place throughout. Overnight, our team will manage traffic on site. This means motorists will be escorted passed the work area, ensuring access is maintained at all times.

Please note that we’ll need to make sure the area is safe before you are guided passed the work area, which could take a short period of time. Some slip road closures will be required overnight, and localised signed diversion routes will be in place.

We considered many options on how we could deliver these repairs, and we believe this to be the least disruptive method. We purposely chose not to close the A66, as this would divert motorists along a large diversion route, estimated to be 115 miles long. However, this also means the repairs will take longer to complete, as we can only focus on smaller sections at a time.

These works are separate to the proposed A66 Northern Trans-Pennine Project. To find out more about this, please visit the A66 Northern Trans-Pennine page.

We’re due to resurface the carriageway on the A5103 Princess Parkway. The work will take place on both sides of the carriageway between M56 junction 3a and M60 junction 5. This will include the replacement of road markings and studs, traffic sensor cables, bridge joints, gully repairs and vegetation clearance.

We'll also replace 22 lighting columns on the northbound carriageway with new energy saving LED lighting columns. Delivering both pieces of work at the same time will reduce our overall programme, minimising disruption for motorists and the local community.

When

The lighting renewal work is due to start on or shortly after 18 January, with the resurfacing work starting around the 25 January. All work will run simultaneously and is expected to finish by the end of March 2021.

The majority of the work will take place Monday to Friday between 8pm and 5am (7am Saturday morning). However, some weekend working will be required between 8pm and 7am.

Traffic management

For safety, overnight full closures of the A5103 Princess Parkway between its junctions with the A5145 Barlow Moor Road and the M56 junction 3a will be required. This will be carried out in phases on both sides of the carriageway during the above dates and times. Overnight slip road and motorway link road closures will also be required, and localised signed diversion routes will be in place. Where possible we'll use lane closures to minimise disruption to our customers. 

Diversion routes

Northbound

Southbound

We’re due to resurface the carriageway at M53 junction 1. The repairs will take place on both sides of the carriageway, and will include the replacement of road markings, road studs, traffic loops and repairs to bridge joints. Our aim is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers. 

Work is due to start on or shortly after 1 March 2021 for approximately three weeks. This will take place between the hours of 8pm and 5am. Working hours will be extended to 7am at weekends. 

For safety, overnight full closures of the M53 northbound carriageway between junctions 2 and 1, and the M53 southbound carriageway between junctions 1 and 3 are required during these dates and times. Only one side of the carriageway will be closed at a time. Associated slip road closures are required, and localised signed diversion routes will be in place.

Please note that all closures are coordinated with other projects in the area, to ensure we minimise the disruption to motorists.

Work to replace the north bridge at M53 junction 2, Moreton is underway. The bridge which carries the junction 2 southbound slip road (Chester bound) over the main motorway needs replacing. A weight limit would need to be applied if a new bridge wasn’t constructed – causing many local businesses to be adversely affected.

The bridge beams are now in place, and work to install 182 glass-reinforced plastic panels to form the base of the new bridge deck is also complete.

As work progresses, we have further overnight closures coming up. A breakdown for each closure is provided below. The closures are required to ensure the work is carried out safely:

  • M53 northbound between junctions 3 and 1. The closure is required to remove the narrow lanes currently in place, and reverting the carriageway back to full width lanes. This closure will be in place between 8pm and 5am

  • M53 northbound and southbound at junction 2. The closure is required as a precaution to pour and set concrete material onto the new bridge deck. The closure will be in place on both sides of the carriageway at the same time

To ensure journeys are maintained, localised signed diversion routes will be in place for all planned closures.

You may notice an increase of noise levels from our work activities on site. Please be assured we’re doing everything we can to minimise the noise as much as possible with industry best practice being implemented to do this. Nonetheless, we would like to apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.

What’s next?

We’ll continue our work to complete the bridge over the coming months. Further overnight closures are planned to remove the narrow lanes on the southbound carriageway. Dates have yet to be confirmed however we anticipate this to be late February 2021.

Closure of M53 northbound carriageway between junctions 3 and 2

Closure of M53 southbound carriageway between junctions 2 and 3

We’re renewing sections of the carriageway along the M53 between junctions 11 and 12. The work will take place on both sides of the carriageway and will include the replacement of road markings. Our aim is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers.

Work is due to start on or shortly after 1 February 2021 for approximately seven weeks. This will take place between the hours of 9pm and 5am, Monday to Friday, with some weekend overnight working between the hours of 9pm and 7am.

For safety purposes, overnight full closures are required between junctions 11 and 12 of the M53. Please note that only one side of the carriageway will be closed at a time. To ensure journeys are maintained, a signed diversion route via the A5117 and the A41 Liverpool Road/Moston Road/Long Lane will be in place.

Diversion routes

M53 between junctions 11 and 12 Southbound


M53 between junctions 12 and 11 Northbound

We’re due to carry out safety improvement work to a footbridge, located adjacent to the River Calder on the M6 between junctions 32 and 33. The work will entail installing 100m of permanent concrete barrier underneath the footbridge. This will prevent any damage from occurring to the footbridge. In addition to this, we will also carry out some carriageway repairs on this part of the M6.

Work is due to start on or shortly after 1 March 2021 for approximately two weeks. This will take place between the hours of 9pm and 5am.

For safety purposes, overnight lane closures are required during the dates and times stated above. In addition to this, a full overnight closure will be in place on the M6 southbound between junctions 33 and 32 from 9pm Saturday 13 March to 5am Sunday 14 March 2021. Associated slip road closures will also be required, and localised signed diversion routes will be in place.

Whilst we always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean slight changes occur at short notice. Every effort will be made to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. However, these works will inevitably generate some noise and disruption and we’d like to apologise in advance for any disturbance.

 

Work to improve the surface water drainage system at Charnock Richards Motorway Services is shortly due to start.

This will entail installation of 24 new drainage gullies as well as repairs to the existing drains.

For safety, we need to close the entrance and exit to/from the service station on the following dates:

Southbound carriageway

From 2 to 19 February between the hours of 9pm and 5am (excluding the weekends in between).

Northbound carriageway

From 4 to 11 March between the hours of 9pm and 5am (excluding the weekends)

We’re due to replace sections of the safety barrier along the M6 northbound exit slip roads to the M62. Over time the barrier has deteriorated and needs replacing. The purpose of our work is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers.

Work is due to start on or shortly after 25 January 2021 for approximately seven weeks. This will take place between the hours of 10pm and 6am, Monday to Friday.

For safety purposes, overnight closures of the M6 northbound exit slip roads to the M62 are required while the work is taking place. Localised signed diversion routes will be in place.

Whilst we always aim to work to the programme, unforeseen circumstances may mean slight changes occur at short notice. Every effort will be made to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. However, these works will inevitably generate some noise and disruption and we’d like to apologise in advance for any disturbance.

Diversion routes

 

In July 2018, Turners Farm Bridge was damaged after it was struck by a passing heavy goods vehicle. Located between junctions 33 and 32 of the M6, work to repair Turners Farm bridge will shortly start. The work will include installing temporary bridge supports on the hard shoulder, while we construct a new concrete bridge pier.

We’re proposing to start the repairs from Saturday 17 April 2021, and it’s expected to take up to fourteen weeks to complete.

For safety purposes and to reduce disruption to motorists, temporary narrow lanes and a 50mph reduced speed limit will be in place on the southbound carriageway. In addition to this, overnight full closures are also required on the M6 southbound between junctions 33 and 32, to install the temporary bridge supports and narrow lanes.

The full closures are planned from the 17 to 20 April 2021, between the hours of 9pm and 5am. Associated slip road closures will also be required, and localised signed diversion routes will be in place. Once the repairs are complete, further closures are required to remove the bridge supports and narrow lanes. An update will be provided once the dates have been confirmed.

Diversion route

Work to replace the safety barrier on the M60 between junctions 2 and 4 is due to start. This will take place in the verge area along the main carriageway and along slip roads. The purpose of the work is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers.  

Work is due to start on or shortly after 12 April 2021. In total we’ll be replacing around 10km of barrier in phases, and as a result will take approximately 30 weeks to complete.

To minimise disruption, we plan to deliver most of the work during daytime hours while traffic flows are lower. However, some overnight work will also be required for work which we’re unable to carry out during the day. Any overnight work will take place between the hours of 9pm and 5am (extended to 7am during the weekend).

During daytime hours, lane closures and a reduced speed limit of 50mph will be in place on the slip roads for safety. Overnight, lane closures are required on the M60 between junctions 2 and 4. In addition to this, we will also need to close the slip roads. This will be done in phases, and localised signed diversion routes will be in place.

We’re proposing to replace approximately 150 lighting columns along the following link roads:

  • A580 eastbound to M60 clockwise
  • A580 westbound to M61 northbound
  • M61 southbound to A580 eastbound

The new lighting columns will use energy efficient LED lights. Our aim is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers.   

Work is due to start on or shortly after 19 October 2020 to end of March 2021.  This will take place Monday to Friday between the hours of 9pm and 5am.

For safely, overnight closures will be in place on the slip roads during the dates and times stated above.

Please note that phase two of the lighting improvement scheme will start shortly after phase one is complete and further communication will be provided closer to the time.

Diversions

A580 westbound to M61 northbound link road

A580 eastbound to M60 clockwise link road

M61 southbound to A580 eastbound

 

We’re due to resurface the carriageway on the M62 between junctions 8 and 9. This will take place on both sides of the carriageway and will include the replacement of road markings and studs. Our aim is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers. 

Work is due to start on or shortly after 1 March 2021 for approximately 12 weeks. This will take place Monday to Saturday, between the hours of 10pm and 5am (extended to 7am during the weekend).

For safety, we will either have overnight lane or full carriageway closures in place between junctions 7 and 9 of the M62. This will be done in various phases during the dates and times stated above.

Please note that only one side of the carriageway will be closed at a time. Associated slip road closures will also be required, and to ensure journeys are maintained, localised signed diversion routes will be in place.

 

We plan to carry out repairs to the slip roads at M65 junction 7. We will also carry out repairs on the eastbound and westbound mainline carriageway through junction 7 at the same time.  The work will include some vegetation clearance, replacement of road markings and road studs, traffic signal loops and repairs to bridge joints. Our aim is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers. 

Work is due to start on or shortly after 15 January 2021 for approximately five weeks. This will take place between the hours of 8pm and 5am.  Working hours will be extended to 7am at weekends. 

For safety, overnight full closures of the slip roads are required during these dates and times. This will be done in phases and a maximum of two slip road will be closed at a time. In addition to this, some overnight full closures of the mainline carriageway are required between junctions 7 and 8 of the M65. Localised signed diversion routes will be in place.

We’re proposing to resurface the carriageway on the M67 between junctions 3 and 4. The work will take place on both sides of the carriageway and will include the replacement of road markings. The purpose of the work is to ensure we keep the network safe and operational, as well as improving journeys for our customers. 

The resurfacing work will take place in two phases. Phase one is due to start on or shortly after 15 March 2021 for approximately six weeks. This will take place Monday to Saturday, between the hours of 9pm and 5am. Working hours will be extended to 7am during the weekend.

During these times, overnight full carriageway closures are required for safety. Associated slip road closures are also required, and localised signed diversion routes will be in place. In addition to this, some daytime lane closures will be in place to keep motorists safe from the work site area.

Please note that the phase two of the resurfacing work is planned later this year, and further communication will be provided closer to the time.

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