As part of National Highways work to replace the A533 Expressway bridge, they will be closing the M56 motorway in a single direction for two full weekends in September and October 2022. These closures will allow them to install new safety barriers in preparation for the new bridge. The A533 Expressway will remain open during these closures.

  • 9pm Friday 23 September – 6am Monday 26 September

M56 WESTBOUND ONLY, between junctions 11 and 12

  • 9pm Friday 30 September – 6am Monday 3 October

M56 EASTBOUND ONLY, between junctions 12 and 11

Diversion routes will be in place and clearly signed.

Towards the end of October, they will be ready to lift the new bridge into position. To do this, National Highways plan to close the M56 in both directions for one full weekend. At the same time, they will also need to close the A533 Expressway bridge in both directions, between Murdishaw roundabout and Preston Brook.

  • 9pm Friday 28 October – 6am Monday 31 October

M56 in BOTH directions, between junctions 11 and 12 and

A533 Expressway bridge, in both directions

Delays are expected so please advise your guests to allow extra time for their journey.

About Eirlys Jones

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