Travel advice for final M56 bridge scheme closure

October 28th, 2010

MotorwayFootball fans heading in and out of Manchester on Saturday are being reminded to add a little bit of extra time to journeys – with a closure of the M56 in place all weekend for the completion of the new Bowdon View Bridge.

The M56 has been closed between junctions 9 and 6 for the past two weekends to allow the old bridge to be demolished and a new central pier to be built. This weekend will see another full closure to allow the new bridge deck to be lifted into place.

The M56 will be closed eastbound from the junction with the M6 at Junction 9 and westbound from Junction 6 at Hale Barns from 10pm on Friday (October 29) until 5am on Monday (November 1).

All motorway users, including football supporters, are being asked to follow diversions and allow extra time for their journeys.

On Saturday, fans heading to Old Trafford for the United v Spurs match (5.30pm) and City supporters heading to Wolverhampton for the 3pm kick-off are being urged to avoid the M56 and use the M62 instead to get on or off the M6.

Matt Sweeting, Highways Agency Regional Performance Manager, said, “We would like to thank motorway users for their patience and support over the last two weeks and ask them to bear with us again this weekend while we finish the job.

“Regular users of the M56 will appreciate this is an essential scheme being carried out to ensure the long-term safety and reliability of journeys for all those who use this key commuter route.”

During the weekend closures for traffic travelling eastbound on the M56 towards Manchester there will be a clearly signed diversion via the M6, M62 and M60. For traffic travelling towards Manchester Airport the diversion will be via the M6 and A556.

Westbound traffic will be diverted off at Junction 6 to return eastbound, then on to the M60, M62 and M6. All diversions will be clearly signed.

For pictures and a video of the demolition work being carried out, and to register for regular updates of the M56 Bowdon View bridge replacement scheme, please visit:

For up to date traffic information and journey planning advice, visit or call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

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