Public information events ahead of M56 smart motorway upgrade

Two public public information events are being held this week about the upgrade of the M56 near Manchester Airport to a ‘smart motorway’.

Work is due to start in spring and will take around two years.

Highways England is aiming to start work before the end of March to provide an extra carriageway lane and enhanced technology in each direction of the motorway between junction 6 at Hale and junction 8 at Altrincham.

Work has already started in preparation for the project and will last until early March, while there are also roadworks between junctions 4 and 6 that will last for around six weeks.

Two public information exhibitions are being held on:

  • Friday, January 17, at the Marriott Hotel, Manchester Airport, Hale Road, Hale Barns, WA15 8XW (2pm to 5pm)
  • Saturday, January 18, at St Peter’s Assembly Rooms, 136 Cecil Road, Hale, WA15 9NU, (10am to 3pm)

During the construction period, Highways England say they will be ‘working hard to minimise disruption to city centre commuters, holidaymakers and other motorway users’.

The M6 junction 16 to 19 smart motorway opened last spring, and a major improvement at junction 19 of the M6 at Knutsford will start this spring.

Staff from the M6 junction 19 project will also be at the Hale Barns and Hale public information events.