Posted: Thu 19th May 2022

Updated: Thu 19th May

M56 in Cheshire reopens following earlier ‘police led incident’ heavy congestion in the area

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales

Update: Despite the police update earlier stating both directions would be opening, the westbound remained shut near junction 12 for Runcorn for a further two hours.

A local traffic report says: “The road partially re-opened around 10.15, however the road is closed within the junction whilst the very last of the restrictions are being removed.”

It is now fully open.

Update: M56 is reopening following earlier ‘police led incident’

Cheshire Police said just after 8am: “We are currently in the process of reopening the M56 in both directions Traffic is still heavy in the area and motorists are advised to allow extra time for their journey.”

National Highways has said: “The M56 in Cheshire near Runcorn is fully open eastbound between J12 and J14 following a police led incident.  Lane 1 remains closed westbound.”

Earlier reports: The M56 is fully shut both ways this morning due to a ‘police incident’.

The motorway is currently shut between junction 12 for Runcorn and junction 14 for Chester Services and Helsby.

The road has been shut since around 3am.

Update: 7:40 – There are around 4 miles of queuing traffic heading away from Deeside up to the M56 closure, with delays of over 1 hour and 20 minutes being reported.

Update 6:40 – National Highways has said:The M56 near Runcorn in Chesire remains closed in both directions from J12 to J14 due to a Police led incident.”

“There are currently delays of 30 mins and approx. 2 miles of congestion on approach to the incident.”

“Please allow extra time if travelling in the area.”

Earlier report – The M56 in Cheshire is fully closed in both directions due to police led incident.

The motorway is currently shut between junction 12 for Runcorn and junction 14 for Chester Services and Helsby.

The road has been closed since around 3.00am this morning.


Cheshire Police have said: “There is heavy traffic in both directions on M56 approaching junctions 14 and 12 due to a closure in both directions for an ongoing incident.”

“Where possible please plan an alternative route and avoid the area.”

“Traffic on A56 through Frodsham is heavy however is moving slowly.”

Cheshire Police are at the location and dealing with the incident.

National Highway Traffic Officers are assisting with traffic management.

National Highways has said: “Please be aware that there is a Low Railway Bridge 14’6” (4.4m) on the A56 between Dig Lane and Marsh Lane, Marsh Green.”

“Cheshire Police are diverting HGV’s via local routes on this diversion to avoid the low railway bridge. ”

Diversion Routes

If travelling westbound road users are advised to follow the Hollow Circle diversion symbol on road signs

  • Exit at J12 and at the end of the slip road at the roundabout take first exit on to the A557 Clifton Road.
  • Continue to the junction with the A56 and turn right.
  • Follow the A56 westbound through Frodsham and Helsby.
  • At the junction with the A5117 near Hapsford continue forward to join the A5117.
  • At the roundabout with the M56 J14 take the first exit to re-join the M56.

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

  • Exit at J14 and at the roundabout take the fourth exit on to the A5117.
  • Remain on the A5117 to the junction with the A56 near Hapsford.
  • Continue forward to join the A56 and remain on this road through Helsby and Frodsham.
  • At the junction with the A557 turn left.
  • Follow the A557 and join the Rocksavage Expressway and on to Weston Point Expressway.
  • Exit the Expressway after passing under the M56.
  • At the Rocksavage Roundabout take the third exit to re-join the M56.

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