M6 Lune Gorge structures
We’re looking at ways to carry out essential maintenance on eight bridges spanning the M6 in Cumbria.
We are currently exploring ways to carry out essential maintenance on eight concrete bridges spanning the M6 in Cumbria.
The M6 through Lune Gorge is regularly voted the most beautiful stretch of motorway in the country and recently celebrated its 50th birthday in 2020. It is a gateway to some of England's most treasured landmarks and tourism destinations.
The bridge renewal scheme through Lune Gorge is all within a six-mile stretch of the motorway between junctions 37 and 38. Seven of the bridges support the M6 itself, whilst the other carries the A685 over it.
The concrete bridges are rapidly nearing the end of their serviceable life. They need to be renewed soon to remove the risk of unplanned closures of lanes on the M6 due to deterioration and to ensure the M6 continues to connect the region and help it to thrive for decades to come.
We know millions of people rely on the M6 for business, leisure and visiting friends and family. This is why we’re looking to find the least disruptive way to replace the eight bridges.
We are currently looking at design options for the scheme. We'll update you on our proposals over the coming months.
We'd need to take disruptive temporary measures to keep the existing structures in service. Renewing eight structures as a single project reduces the risk of this disruption.
We'll design and build the replacement bridges to the latest construction standards. We'll be able to maintain them more efficiently in future.