M56 new junction 11a

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:  
Cost:  £40 million - £100 million
Status:  Cancelled
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  
Programme:  

Progress report

In March 2020, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced their £27bn plans for the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) from 2020 to 2025.

Detailed analysis of the M56 J11a scheme found the project would not be a good use of tax-payers money, meaning it was not included as part of the Government’s programme.

We are committed to maintaining and enhancing the network in the area, ensuring those who use our roads remain safe and feel the benefits of any improvements in the future.

As part of this commitment, we will be replacing the A533 Expressway bridge. Details will be provided around the bridge replacement in due course.

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 Preferred route announcement
Winter 2017 to autumn 2018 Various ground investigation surveys
2019 to 2020 Review of options and bridge proposal
March 2020 Publication of RIS2 confirming that the scheme will not be progressing

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.

While the Mersey Gateway would relieve the congested and ageing Silver Jubilee Bridge at Halton as well as the M6 and M56, it's creating greater pressure on junction 12 of the M56 and on the links between junctions 11 and 12, and junctions 12 and 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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Location : The M56 eastbound entry slip at junction J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 7 August 2020 to 05:00 on 8 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 August 2020 to 19 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 11:23 pm
Location : The M56 westbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:02 on 7 August 2020 to 06:00 on 26 August 2020.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 8:03 pm
Location : The M56 eastbound between junctions J15 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 7 August 2020 to 05:00 on 22 August 2020.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 7:01 pm
Location : The M56 westbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 05:00 from 13 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 2:00 pm
Location : The M56 eastbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 05:00 from 13 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 2:00 pm
Location : The M56 eastbound between junctions J14 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 10 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 11:03 am
Location : The M56 westbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 August 2020 to 06:00 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 8:12 pm
Location : The M56 westbound between junctions J7 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 10 August 2020 to 05:00 on 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 8:12 pm
Location : The M56 westbound between junctions J7 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 8:12 pm
Location : The M56 westbound between junctions J7 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 13 August 2020 to 06:00 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 8:12 pm
Location : The M56 westbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 11 August 2020 to 06:00 on 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 8:12 pm

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