M56 closure for Manchester Airport improvements

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Travellers planning to use the M56 this coming weekend have been advised of closures of the important transport tributary in the vicinity of Manchester Airport, as part of ongoing efforts to reduce levels of congestion in the area.

The Highways Agency will be carrying out the next phase of a £5.5 million scheme as part of the ongoing Pinch Point Programme, which will require the full closure of junction 5 at Manchester Airport and junction 6 at Hale.

Set to begin from 22:00 on Friday (August 1st), these junctions will be closed to all traffic for approximately 55 hours.

Travellers in the area are therefore advised to plan alternative routes to their destinations during this period, while access to the airport will be limited from the M56.

As a result, anyone with a plane to catch is advised to travel beyond Manchester Airport in either direction, where they will then be directed to use the M6, M62 and M60 instead via the Lymm (M56), Croft (M62) and Eccles (M60) interchanges.

The scheme will see the replacement of a motorway bridge along the M56, with the project aiming to considerably cut levels of congestion for north-west travellers and businesses once completed.

It also has the primary aim of stimulating the creation of up to 3,000 new jobs at nearby Davenport Green and Airport City, while the scheme also forms the first phase of new measures to promote the creation of more than 5,000 new homes around Altrincham, Bowdon and Hale by 2026.

Installation of the new bridge is scheduled to take place in November this year and will require further weekend closures as this work is carried out.

The government's £317 million Pinch Point Programme was launched last year and has pinpointed 123 sites across the UK where transport infrastructure could be streamlined to deliver a considerable boost to both travellers and local communities.

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