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M6 restrictions and closures to be lifted after bridge repairs between junction 32 and 33

Posted on - 24th October, 2023 - 5:30pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Roads, Transport
Works on the M6 in September and October
Works on the M6 in September and October

The majority of the traffic management for the works between junction 32 and junction 33 on the M6 will be removed by Thursday morning (October 26).

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The stretch of northbound motorway had experienced repeated and severe delays as a result of works ongoing since the start of September.

The repairs – which include re-waterproofing and resurfacing the bridge deck – are taking place along the northbound carriageway at Stewart’s Wood bridge which carries the motorway over Stubbins Lane near Garstang between junction 32 at Broughton interchange and junction 33 at Galgate.

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As well as lifting the narrow lanes and the 40mph and 50mph speed restrictions this week, the daytime lane closure currently in place will also be removed. 

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A final overnight northbound carriageway closure for the removal of the traffic management taking place between 10pm and 6am overnight on Wednesday (October 25).

A diversion for this closure will operate along the A6 between junction 2 of the M55 at Broughton and junction 33 of the M6 at Galgate.

Cameron Newsham, project manager for National Highways, said: “We’ve been very conscious that the various measures we’ve put in place to ensure this work can take place safely has led to congestion along this section of the M6 at times and would like to thank motorway users for their patience and support.” 

National Highways said that all remaining work will be delivered using overnight lane closures only with no further carriageway closures scheduled. From Thursday (October 26) the project will move onto the southbound carriageway with overnight, 8pm to 6am, lane closures until Wednesday November 1. 

The project team will then return to the northbound carriageway for finishing work – again involving some overnight lane closures – until Tuesday, November 14.

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