A533 Expressway bridge replacement

We’re replacing the existing bridge that carries the A533 Chester Road over the M56.

Start date 2021 (TBC)
End date TBC
Cost TBC

Latest updates

  • 15 November 2021

    Preparation work - change of closure dates

    Further to our update below (dated 19 October), due to resourcing issues we need to close the A533 Expressway Bridge for an extra day this week. This will take place on Wednesday 17 November, which we previously communicated was booked as a contingency only. This closure will be in place between 8pm and 6am. Diversion routes are available below. Please note that Thursday 18 November is also booked as a contingency closure.

    There has also been a small change to our planned two lane closure on the M56 westbound. This will now take place between 8pm and 6am on 17, 18 and 19 November. One lane will be open for traffic and running at normal speed. The same overnight lanes closures are also planned for the following week on 22, 23, 24 and 25 November.

  • 19 October 2021

    Preparation work starts next month

    On Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 November, we plan to carry out some preparation work as part of the A533 Expressway Bridge replacement scheme. This will include diverting communication cables and some vegetation clearance.

    We’ll need to close the A533 Expressway Bridge overnight in both directions to work on the signalling cables for safety. These closures will be in place between 8pm and 6am both nights. We also have overnight on Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 November booked as contingency closures only. Diversion routes will be in place, which are available below.

    During the same week, we’ll also need to close two lanes of the M56 westbound overnight. This will be between 8pm and 6am on 15, 16, 17 and 18 November. One lane will be open for traffic and running at normal speed. These overnight lanes closures will also be in place the following week on 22, 23, 24 and 25 November.

    What’s next?

    Over the coming weeks, we’ll start to build our new office on site. This will be on land to the south of Chester Road, where there may be a small increase in traffic due to our work vehicles moving around. We’ll be managing traffic to ensure everyone works in a safe manner.

  • 27 July 2020

    Compulsory Purchase and Side Roads Orders confirmed

    We’ve recently confirmed our Side Roads Order & Compulsory Purchase Order with the Department for Transport. These documents provide details on the proposed layout for the new bridge and all lands required as part of our construction works.

    Public notices which confirm these Orders have been published in a local newspaper and posted on the existing bridge. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic and current Government guidelines, we’re unable to deposit these documents for you to view at a local venue, but these are available within the documents tab on this webpage.

    We will now be working with our delivery partner, Amey Sir Robert McAlpine, to complete the detailed design of the new bridge, and prepare for the construction phase of this project.

Project information


The M56/A533 Expressway Bridge is a concrete bridge that carries the Chester Road combined with the A533 over the M56 motorway. The bridge is located between junctions 11 and 12 and is a vital local link, providing access across the M56 to Runcorn from Preston Brook and Northwich.

We plan to replace the existing structure with a new 70m two-span concrete bridge, consisting of a single two-lane carriageway and a combined footpath/cycleway. The replacement of this bridge will ensure an increased life span of over 120 years for road users, maintaining safety in the long term.

A substantial part of the project will be built off site to minimise disruption and we’ll keep the existing bridge open whilst we construct the new bridge. On completion, traffic will be transferred to the new structure to continue the flow of traffic and allow for the demolition of the exiting bridge structure.

The existing structure has reached the end of its serviceable life and therefore needs to be replaced to maintain and improve this important link for motorists, pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists.

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • design and build a replacement of the A533 Expressway Bridge
  • demolish and remove the existing A533 Expressway Bridge structure
  • reinstate the M56 motorway to its original state prior to implementation of the A533 Expressway Bridge propping scheme
  • ensure road users and the community are not adversely affected
  • improve accessibility for cyclists, walkers and other vulnerable road users of the local road network


Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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