Posted: Fri 1st Sep 2017

New £60 million junction on M56 will help ease congestion for drivers heading into Cheshire from Deeside

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Sep 1st, 2017

A new junction on the M56 which will help maintain reliable journey times from North Wales through Cheshire and to Manchester is set to be built.

The new £60 million junction will be built between junctions 11 and 12 on the M56 at Runcorn and will provide a more direct route to the M56 from south Runcorn as well as connecting to the Mersey Gateway bridge. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The new junction will also benefit local residents by taking traffic away from residential areas as well as providing a new route to the Mersey Gateway bridge – an important new link between Cheshire and Merseyside. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

New M56 J11a

The junction will link to a new crossroads for the A533 Southern Expressway and Murdishaw Avenue, north of the motorway. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The crossroads will replace the existing roundabout and be controlled by traffic lights, which will use sensors in the road to respond to changes in traffic levels. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Tim Gamon, Highways England’s regional delivery director for the North West, said:

“The new junction on the M56 will benefit local residents by taking traffic away from residential areas as well as providing a new route to the Mersey Gateway bridge – an important new link between Cheshire and Merseyside.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Detailed designs for this major road project will now be developed with construction work due to start by spring 2020. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Funding for the scheme is being provided as part of the UK Government’s £15 billion Road Investment Strategy and will help boost the Northern Powerhouse by improving transport connectivity and reliability to help the economy of the North. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

More details on the project are available here; M56 New Junction 11A. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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