Drivers Reminded of M56 Closure at Manchester Airport Junction This Weekend

    M56 Motorway, Wythenshawe (1/2)
    M56 Motorway, J.5 (Photo credit: Gene Hunt)

    Drivers are being reminded that the M56 motorway will be totally closed in both directions between junction 5 at Manchester Airport and junction 6 at Hale this coming weekend.

    The Thorley Lane Bridge, which crosses the M56 near Manchester Airport, is due to be demolished meaning a full closure of the motorway in both directions for up to 55 hours from 10pm on Friday night (Friday 1 August) until 5am on Monday morning (4 August).

    Travellers needing access to Manchester Airport from the M60 and Manchester will still be able to use the airport spur from the westbound M56 at junction 5. However, those heading towards the airport along the eastbound M56 from North Wales and Liverpool will need to leave at junction 6 for Hale and follow the short diversion using Runger Lane.

    The Highways Agency have produced a diversion map highlighting the diversions that will be in place over the weekend and further information can be found on the Highways Agency website.

    People travelling to Manchester Airport are being advised to leave extra time for their journey as significant delays look likely and to check traffic conditions before setting out.

    Drivers aiming to use the M56 to travel beyond Manchester Airport in either direction will be directed to use the M6, M62 and M60 instead via Lymm (M56), Croft (M62) and Eccles (M60) interchanges.

    Local diversions will also be in place over the weekend.