M6 Junction 32 northbound widening works announced

Posted on - 3rd February, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Roads, Transport
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The Highways Agency will be carrying out works to improve the northbound M6 motorway through to junction 32.


These works are part of the national Pinch Point Programme. The Pinch Point Programme forms part of the UK Government’s growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.

Works are due to start in May 2014 and is estimated to last for six months. M6 junction 32 is located to the north of Preston and forms the junction with the M55 to Blackpool.

The northbound M6 has suffered from safety problems and congestion because of the layout as vehicles change lanes to either continue along the M6 or turn onto the M55.

Costing in the region of £7 million the improvement scheme will widen the M6 to three lanes northbound through the junction.

The two lane exit to the M55 will be retained but in a realigned layout. The northbound entry slip from the M55 onto the M6 will be updated north of the junction.

The central reservation will be transformed as well as the erection of a new overhead sign gantry together with other elements of the junction.

The Local Pinch Point Programme will tackle obstacles on the local transport network that restrict growth by limiting the movement of goods, employees and customers. The investment will build on the success of the Highways Agency’s Pinch Point Fund for the strategic road network, which received an extra £100 million in the ‘Autumn statement’. The plan is to reduce daily congestion and journey times for the travelling public and improve safety.

More information will be posted on the Highways Agency web page as it becomes available.

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

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