Transport

Long-closed M56 Bowdon junction to reopen this weekend

By David Prior at

Junction 8 of the M56 – the junction closest to the Bowdon roundabout – will finally reopen this weekend after a closure that has lasted for several months.

Work on the £192 million A556 Knutsford to Bowdon dual carriageway has been in progress for over two years, with a scheduled completion date of March 2017.

The Bowdon end of the project is finally drawing to a close, and eastbound drivers who have been forced to come off at the Hale Barns junction to reach Altrincham will be able to breathe a sigh of relief from this weekend, with the junction set to reopen by Sunday at the latest.

There are a number of further overnight closures this week – see below for details:

ROAD CLOSURES UP TO WEDNESDAY 21st DECEMBER.

Please note these closures are subject to any effects of adverse weather

  • M56 JUNCTION 7 EASTBOUND ACCESS – will be closed overnight (9pm to 5am) on the following dates:
    Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th December
  • M56 JUNCTION 8 – will be closed overnight (9pm to 5am) on the following dates:
    Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th December. It will NOT be closed on Wednesday 14th December
  • M56 JUNCTION 7 WESTBOUND EXIT – will be closed overnight on the following dates:
    Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th December. It will NOT be closed on Wednesday 14th December
  • A556 NORTH AND SOUTHBOUND – total closure overnight (9pm to 5am) from Bowdon roundabout to Bucklow Hill on the following dates;
    Monday 12th, Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th December. It will NOT be closed on Wednesday 14th December
  • M6 JUNCTION 19 SOUTHBOUND EXIT AND ENTRY SLIP ROADS- will be closed overnight (9pm to 5am) on weekdays. They will NOT be closed on Wednesday 14th December
  • A556 SOUTHBOUND – will be closed from Mere to M6 junction 19 overnight (9pm to 5am) weekdays. It will NOT be closed on Wednesday 14th December
  • M56 JUNCTION 7 EASTBOUND exit will re-open over the weekend of Friday 16th to Sunday 18th December together with the southbound free flow link from the A556 to the M56
  • CHAPEL LANE – will remain closed from the A556 Chester Road to Hulse Heath Lane (access will be maintained for residents) until the end of January 2017 whilst the bridge works and the new road alignment are completed
  • CHERRY TREE LANE- will be closed at its junction with the A556. Cherry Tree Lane will reopen in summer 2017 onto its new alignment to Chester Road (B5569). There will be no access onto the A556.
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A new overhead shot of the Bowdon end of the bypass project