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Latest Updates: Tuesday 26 April 2022

Overnight closures will take place on the M56 between junctions 6 and 8 from Wednesday 27 April to Friday 20 May.

Dates
  • From Wednesday 27 April to Friday 20 May 2022
Locations
  • M56
  • Junction 7 Bowdon
  • Junction 9 M6
  • Junction 5 Manchester Airport

Overnight closures will take place on the M56, between junctions 6 and 8, from Wednesday 27 April to Friday 20 May.

M56 J9 - J5 Eastbound

Monday 9 to Sunday 15 May:

Monday 9 to Thursday 12 May: 9pm - 6am, lane 1 & 2 closure / A556 lane 1 closure Friday 13 May: 9pm - 7am, lane 3 & 2 closure Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 May: No planned closures

Monday 16 to Thursday 19 May:

Monday 16 to Thursday 19 May: 9pm - 6am, lane 1 & 2 closure / A556 lane 1 closure

M56 J6 - J8 Eastbound

Monday 16 to Sunday 22 May:

Monday 16 to Saturday 19 May: 9pm - 6am, lane 1 & 2 closure / A556 lane 1 closure Saturday 21 May: 9pm - 7am, full closure between Junctions 9 & 6 Sunday 22 May: 9pm - 6am, full closure between Junctions 9 & 6

Monday 23 May to Wednesday 29 May:

Sunday 23 May to Wednesday 25 May: 9pm - 6am, lane 3 & 2 closure / A556 lane 1 closure Thursday 26 May & Friday 27 May: 9pm - 6am, 9pm - 7am, lane 1 & 2 closure / A556 lane 1 closure Saturday 28 May & Sunday 29 May: No planned closures

M56 J5 - J8 Westbound

Monday 9 to Sunday 15 May:

Monday 9 to Thursday 12 May: 9pm - 6am, full carriageway closure between junctions 5 & 7 Friday 13 May: 9pm - 7am, lanes 4, 3 & 2 closures Saturday 14 May: 9pm - 7am, full carriageway closure between junctions 5 & 7 Sunday 15 May: 9pm - 6am, lanes 4, 3 & 2 closures

Monday 16 to Thursday 19 May:

Monday 16 to Thursday 19 May: 9pm - 6am, full carriageway closure between junctions 5 & 7

M56 J6 - J8 Westbound

Monday 16 to Sunday 22 May:

Monday 16 to Saturday 19 May: 9pm - 6am, full westbound carriageway closure between junction 5 entry slip and junction 7 Friday 20 May: 9pm - 7am, lane 4 & 3 closure Saturday 21 May & Sunday 22 May: No planned closures

Monday 23 to Sunday 29 May:

Monday 23 to Thursday 26 May: 9pm - 6am, full westbound carriageway closure between junction 5 entry slip and junction 7 Friday 27 May: 9pm - 7am, full westbound carriageway closure between junction 5 entry slip and junction 7 Saturday 28 May & Sunday 29 May: No planned closures

To avoid being caught in the congestion, it's important that you plan ahead and familiarise yourself with the recommended diversion routes.

Motorway diversion route

Eastbound

If you are travelling eastbound of the M56, we advise to use the M56 at the Junction 9 to join the M6 Northbound travel on to Junction 21a and follow diversion signs to M56 Eastbound.

Traffic will then continue on the M62 Eastbound to Junction 12 to join the M60 (Anti-Clockwise). Continue on to Junction 5 and then onto the A5103 Northbound leading on to the M56 Westbound.

  • Journey time to M56 Junction 5 will take approximately 29 minutes.

Westbound

Traffic will be diverted off the M56 at Junction 5 and turn at Terminal 2 Roundabout on the Airport Spur Road and back onto the M56 Eastbound at junction 5.

We advise to travel on the M56 and then on Princess Parkway, onto the M60 (Clockwise).

Continue to Junction 12 to join the M62 Westbound, carry on to Junction 10 on to the M6 Southbound. M56 Westbound traffic will leave the M6 at Junction 20a and re-join the M56 at Junction 9.

All other traffic will follow the M6 Southbound to Junction 19 and then join the A556 Southbound to Junction 7 of the M56.

  • Journey time to M56 Junction 9 will take approximately 30 minutes.
  • Journey time to M56 Junction 8 will take approximately 38 minutes.

Local diversion route

Westbound

Local traffic will be diverted off the M56 at Junction 5 up to T2 Roundabout on the Airport spur Road. Traffic will then be directed to take the first exit off the roundabout and on to the Enterprise way and then take the first left on to Thorley Lane, leading to Runger Lane.

At the junction of Wilmslow Road, traffic will be directed to take the third exit of the roundabout on to Wilmslow Road and continue to the next roundabout, where it will take the second exit on to A538 Hale Road.

Traffic will continue along Hale Road until it reaches the crossroads with the B5162 Delahays Road and turn right on to the A5144. Continue along the A5144 to the junction of the A560 Shaftesbury Avenue and turn left.

Travel along the A560 on to Stockport Road until it reaches the A56 Junction and then turn left on to the A56 and continue until it reaches Junction 7 of the M56.

Eastbound

Eastbound traffic will be diverted off the M56 Eastbound at Junction 9 on to the M6 Southbound.

We advise to continue along the M6 Southbound to Junction 19 and then join the A556 Northbound, continue on the A556 until you reach Junction 7 of the M56.

  • Journey time will take approximately 11 minutes.

Useful Links

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