M6 junction to be closed again this weekend as new bridge installation work continues
Highways England has issued a reminder that a second weekend of junction and motorways closures will commence from Friday, April 16 on the roundabout at junction 19 of the M6.
The works to finish pouring the concrete for a new bridge through the roundabout will affect drivers in Knutsford, Cheshire.
The details for the Friday-to-Sunday closures are as follows:
- 8pm Friday, April 16 – 6am Saturday, April 17: Closure of junction 19 but with the M6 remaining open (occasional lane closures in place). Drivers will be unable to leave or join the motorway at junction 19 and there will be no access to or from the A556 via the junction roundabout.
- 6am to 8pm, Saturday, April 17: The motorway itself will be closed at junction 19 but a direct ‘up and over’ two-lane diversion will be in place with motorway users able to quickly leave and re-join the M6 via the roundabout by using the junction exit and entry slip roads. There will be no access to or from the A556 via the junction roundabout.
- 8pm Saturday, April 17 – 6am Sunday, April 18: Closure of junction 19 but with the M6 remaining open (occasional lane closures in place). Drivers will be unable to leave or join the motorway at junction 19 and there will be no access to or from the A556 via the junction roundabout.
- Throughout the work, from 8pm Friday, April – 6am on Sunday, April 18: Access to the A556 Knutsford to Bowdon bypass from junction 7 of the M56 will also be closed.
The new bridge is set to open this summer, providing direct links between the M6 and A556.
The ‘up and over’ diversion at junction 19 was also in place last weekend and back in January when the motorway was closed for huge bridge beams to be lifted into place.
With traffic volumes increasing as the pandemic restrictions ease and all retail outlets allowed to re-open, Highways England is advising drivers to avoid this section of the M6.
Longer-distance drivers heading beyond Cheshire should choose alternative motorway routes.
All drivers are advised to check traffic conditions before setting out on journeys. Live traffic information is always available here, or from Highways England’s 24-7 customer contact centre at 0300 123 5000.
Updates will also be posted to Highways England’s regional Twitter feed.