Posted: Fri 22nd Dec 2023

M56 in Cheshire back open following earlier collision and overturned horsebox

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Dec 22nd, 2023

Update: National Highways has confirmed the M56 in Cheshire is back open, stating: “The M56 in Cheshire has re-opened eastbound between J9-J8 following an overturned horsebox. We’re just preparing to re-open the westbound carriageway, lane 1 & 2 will remain closed for recovery of the overturned vehicle. Thank you for your patience.”

Earlier report: A collision has led to the closure of the M56 in Cheshire, affecting both directions of the motorway.

The incident occurred between Junction 9 (M6/Lymm Interchange) and Junction 7 (near Altrincham) and involved an overturned horsebox.

Traffic Officers are currently on the scene managing the situation.

A key aspect of the response involves the safe transfer of the horse, for which a replacement horsebox is en route.

As a result of the closure, significant traffic delays are expected in the area.

Traffic on the eastbound side is queuing back to Stretton.

To assist road users, a diversion route has been put in place.

Diversion Route

Road users travelling eastbound are advised to follow the Solid Diamond diversion symbol on road signs

  • Exit the M56 at J9 (Lymm Interchange)
  • Follow the slip road on to the M6 southbound
  • Exit the M6 at J19 (Tabley Interchange)
  • Take the first exit on to the A556 northbound
  • Travel on the A556 and at the roundabout with the A56, take the third exit on to the M56 J7 spur road
  • Rejoin the M56 eastbound

Road users travelling westbound are advised to follow the Solid Diamond diversion symbol on road signs

  • Exit th M56 at J7
  • Follow the M56 J7 Spur road
  • At the M56 J7/A556 roundabout, take the first exit onto the A556 southbound
  • At the A55/M6 J19 roundabout, take the third exit onto the M6 northbound
  • Leave the M6 northbound at J20 and follow the slip road to re-join the M56

National Highway has said: “If this closure impacts on your planned route, please allow extra journey time. Plan ahead, you may wish to re-route or even delay your journey.”

 

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