M6 junction 19

We're making improvements to junction 19 of the M6.

Start date March 2020
End date Winter 2021
Cost £31 million to £66 million

Latest updates

  • 30 November 2021

    Project complete – new link roads open for traffic

    The M6 junction 19 Improvement scheme is now complete. The two new link roads across the roundabout were opened for traffic mid-November. A few days later, we also switched on the new traffic signals in Tabley. The new designated crossing point is now open for pedestrians and cyclists to use.

    Since the link roads opened, we’ve been removing temporary traffic signals. This work has been done during overnight closures of the roundabout. Our last overnight closure is planned for Friday 3 December. After this date, no further closures of the roundabout are planned.

    Thank you for your patience while we completed this project.

    If you have any feedback about the scheme, please email M6Junction19Improvement@highwaysengland.co.uk

  • 12 November 2021

    Project opening - November 2021

    We've nearly completed the M6 junction 19 Improvement scheme. The two new link roads joining the M6 northbound with the A556 towards Manchester and the M6 southbound with the A556 towards Northwich will be open for traffic from 7am on Saturday 20 November.

    A few days later, on Tuesday 23 November, the new traffic signals on the A556 in Tabley will be switched on and the designated crossing point opened for pedestrians and cyclists.

    The new intelligent traffic light system that we’ve installed on the roundabout is designed to learn from and adapt to the flow of traffic. It may take a few days for the new system to reach its optimum configuration so please bear with us as some queues are likely during this time.  

    You can watch an animation of how the new junction will look below.

    Full overnight closures of M6 junction19 roundabout & M56 junction 7 west exit until Friday 3 December

    Once the new traffic signals are switched on, we’ll need to remove the temporary lights. This is likely to take around two weeks and will require further overnight closures of the roundabout, Monday to Friday.

    During this time, all approaches to the roundabout will be closed. There will be no access to, from or across the M6 motorway at junction 19. Motorway traffic will continue to run from junction 18 to 20, northbound and southbound.

    A556 will be closed in Tabley, northbound from A5033 junction and southbound from the M6J19 roundabout.

    A556 will be closed southbound from Bucklow Hill to the junction 19 roundabout.

    M56 junction 7 westbound exit slip road will also be closed with a diversion to junction 10 and back.

    PLEASE NOTE: There is a planned embargo from Monday 29 November to Thursday 2 December due to Black Friday. There will be no motorway closures during this time.

  • 07 October 2021

    Update on work - October 2021

    We’re now in the final stages of this project. The new link roads and roundabout have been resurfaced and the kerbing is almost complete. We continue to work overnight, to minimise disruption to road users. The roundabout will be fully closed, every Monday to Friday from 9pm to 6am until the end of the project. We also close the M56 junction 7 westbound exit slip road at the same time.

    Once the bridge is open, we’ll need to close the roundabout overnight for two further weeks. This is so that we can remove temporary street lighting. Again, these closures will be from 9pm to 6am, Monday to Friday only.

  • 24 September 2021

    M56 junction 7 westbound exit slip road closures

    Week commencing 27 September

    We will not be able to close the M56 junction 7 westbound exit slip road overnight during week commencing 27 September. This is due to a closure of the M56 junction 6 westbound exit as part of the M56 junction 6 to 8 motorway upgrade project.

    We aim to close the M56 junction 7 exit when possible, during planned closures of the A556. This is to ensure that motorway traffic (including heavy goods vehicles travelling south from Manchester) stay on the motorway, instead of filtering onto local roads.

    We understand the impact that not closing the M56 junction 7 exit may have on the amount of traffic using the A50, A5034 and B5569. Feedback from residents was taken into consideration during our planning meeting. As a result, the length of time the exit will remain open was reduced from two weeks to just one. We apologise in advance for any disruption you experience.

    Please note: There will be no closures on Wednesday 29 September due to a football match taking place. 

  • 16 September 2021

    POSTPONED: Planned full weekend closure of M6 J19 roundabout and M56 J7 west exit slip

    The full roundabout closure that we had planned for Friday 17 to Monday 20 September has been postponed.

    There’s been a delay in the road surface material being delivered to site. This is linked to Covid-19 and a nationwide backlog of deliveries.

    We had planned to close the junction from 9pm, Friday 17 September to 6am, Monday 20 September. This was so that we could resurface the carriageway. We’re now planning a shorter closure of the roundabout from 9pm, Saturday 25 September to 6am, Monday 27 September. This closure is to be confirmed.

  • 27 August 2021

    Upcoming closures, including a full weekend closure

    November completion date and upcoming closures

    The new link bridge, which we’re building as part of the M6 junction 19 improvement scheme, is expected to be open for traffic in November 2021.

    To minimise the impact of our work on customers, we plan to carry out most of work during total closures overnight. A single full weekend closure is also needed in September to complete the final surfacing work. More details below.

    Full overnight closures of junction 19 roundabout and M56 junction 7 west exit 

    • Now until November 2021, Monday to Friday, 9pm – 6am

    There will be total closures of the M6 junction 19 roundabout between 9pm and 6am every Monday to Friday until completion of the project in November. All approaches to the roundabout will be closed. There will be no access to, from or across the M6 motorway at junction 19. Motorway traffic will continue to run from junction 18 to 20, in both directions.

    A556 will be closed in Tabley, northbound from A5033 junction and southbound from the M6 junction 19 roundabout.

    A556 will be closed southbound from Bucklow Hill to the junction 19 roundabout.

    M56 junction 7 westbound exit slip road will also be closed with a diversion to junction 10 and back.

    No full closures are planned August Bank Holiday (27, 28, 29, 30 August)

    Full weekend closure of junction 19 roundabout and M56 junction 7 west exit

    • From 9pm Friday 17 to 6am Monday 20 September

    There will be a total closure of the M6 junction 19 roundabout for a whole weekend to finish resurfacing the roundabout. All approaches to the roundabout will be closed. There will be no access to, from or across the M6 motorway at junction 19. Motorway traffic will continue to run from junction 18 to 20, in both directions.

    A556 will be closed in Tabley, northbound from A5033 junction and southbound from the M6 junction 19 roundabout.

    A556 will be closed southbound from Bucklow Hill to the junction 19 roundabout.

    M56 junction 7 westbound exit slip road will also be closed with a diversion to junction 10 and back.

  • 03 August 2021

    Upcoming closures and change of scheme completion date

    We’ve made good progress in what has been an extremely challenging year. However, our schedule has regrettably been affected by the industry-wide product shortages and long lead times brought about by Covid-19 restrictions and the isolation of supply chain workers.

    The new link bridge, which we’re building as part of the M6 junction 19 Improvement scheme is expected to be open for traffic in November 2021. This is later than the original summer opening date, which we previously communicated.

    To minimise the impact on our customers, we plan to carry out all remaining work during overnight closures. There will be closures of the M6 motorway or junction 19 roundabout between 9pm and 6am, every Monday to Friday until completion of the project in November. More details below.

    Full overnight closures of J19 roundabout & M56 J7 west exit
    • Monday 2 August – Friday 6 August (9pm-6am)
    • Monday 23 August to Wednesday 3 November (9pm-6am, Monday to Friday only)

    All approaches to the roundabout will be closed. There will be no access to, from or across the M6 motorway at junction 19. Motorway traffic will continue to run from junction 18 to 20, northbound and southbound.

    A556 will be closed in Tabley, northbound from A5033 junction and southbound from the M6J19 roundabout.

    A556 will be closed southbound from Bucklow Hill to the junction 19 roundabout.

    M56 junction 7 westbound exit slip road will also be closed with a diversion to junction 10 and back.

    No full closures planned August Bank Holiday (27, 28, 29, 30 August)

    Full overnight closures of M6 motorway
    • Monday 9 August – Friday 13 August (9pm-6am) 
    • Monday 16 August – Friday 20 August (9pm-6am)

    The M6 motorway will be closed northbound and southbound between the exit and entry slip roads. A short up-and-over diversion route will be in place. Expect delays.

    The A556 northbound to Manchester and southbound onto the M6 will remain open. M56 J7 west exit will also remain open during these closures.

    A556 will be closed in Tabley in both directions between the M6J19 roundabout and the junction with the A5033.

    Removing our roadworks from the M6 motorway

    At the end of August, we’ll be removing all our roadworks from this section of the M6 motorway. From 6am on Monday 23 August:

    • the 50mph speed restriction will be removed
    • all lanes will be back to normal width
    • the hard shoulder will be re-instated

    To make these changes, there will be three nights of full and partial closures:

    Friday 20 August – 9pm to 6am

    • M6 southbound, full closure between J20 and J19
    • M6 northbound closed between J19 exit and entry slip road. Up-and-over diversion in place

    Saturday 21 August – 9pm to 6am

    • M6 northbound closed between J19 exit and entry slip road. Up-and-over diversion in place

    Sunday 22 August – 9pm to 6am

    • M6 southbound, full closure between J20 and J19
    • M6 northbound closed between J19 exit and entry slip road. Up-and-over diversion in place

    Please note that all of the above listed closures may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • 20 July 2021

    Update on work - July 2021

    Building the bridge

    Work on our new bridge is progressing well. We’re now raising the ground on both sides of the motorway. This is where the bridge deck will join the roundabout. We’re also busy putting in new curbs, drainage and electric wires for the new lights. To reduce disruption to road users, we’re doing most of this work at night.

    At the end of August, we’ll be removing all our roadworks from this section of the M6. To make these changes, there will be three nights of full and partial closures from Friday 20 August. This is slightly later than originally planned as we need to finish the drainage work and make further preparations for the concrete wall.

    Working in Tabley

    Work also continues in Tabley. We’re putting in new traffic signals and a safe crossing for walkers and cyclists. We’ll be removing the closure of the right hand turn in into Pickmere Lane at the end of July. Overnight closures of the A556 in Tabley will then continue to August. Local diversion routes are in place and all businesses are open as usual.

    Week commencing (w/c) 19 July (Monday-Friday, 9pm-6am) – M6 motorway closed northbound and southbound between exit and entry slip roads. Up and over diversion route in place between 9pm and 6am. A556 closed northbound from A5033 junction and A556 southbound closed from the M6 J19 roundabout.

    W/c 26 July (Monday-Friday, 9pm-6am) – Full closure of M6 J19 roundabout. All approaches closed – there will be no access to, from or across the M6 motorway at junction 19. Motorway traffic will continue to run from junction 18 to 20, northbound and southbound.

    W/c 2 Aug – Full closure of M6 J19 roundabout. All approaches closed – there will be no access to, from or across the M6 motorway at junction 19. Motorway traffic will continue to run from junction 18 to 20, northbound and southbound.

    W/c 9 Aug – M6 motorway closed northbound and southbound between exit and entry slip roads. Up and over diversion route in place between 9pm and 6am. A556 closed northbound from A5033 junction and A556 southbound closed from the M6J19 roundabout.

    W/c 16 Aug – M6 motorway closed northbound and southbound between exit and entry slip roads. Up and over diversion route in place between 9pm and 6am. A556 closed northbound from A5033 junction and A556 southbound closed from the M6J19 roundabout.

    Friday 20 August – 9pm to 6am

    • M6 southbound, total closure between J20 and J19
    • M6 northbound closed between J19 exit and entry slip road. Up-and-over diversion in place
    • Saturday 21 August – 9pm to 6am
        • M6 northbound closed between J19 exit and entry slip road. Up-and-over diversion in place

    Sunday 22 August – 9pm to 6am

    • M6 southbound, total closure between J20 and J19
        • M6 northbound closed between J19 exit and entry slip road. Up-and-over diversion in place

     From Monday 23 August:

    • the 50 MPH speed restriction will be removed
    • all lanes will be back to normal width
    • the hard shoulder will be re-instated
    What to expect if you’re driving through the scheme

    The first thing you’ll notice as you approach junction 19, is that there are a lot of signs. This is because the signs we must use are specified by governing bodies and provide useful information to road users. We need to use all the same signs that you see on much larger projects, to let motorists know that the roadworks are up ahead.

    If you travel through the junction on a Saturday or Sunday, it’s likely that you won’t see anyone working on the roundabout. This is because we want to minimise disruption for road users, so we carry out most of our work from Monday to Friday and at night.

  • 17 June 2021

    M6 junction 19 roundabout closure – 18 to 21 June

    We’ll be closing the M6 junction 19 roundabout again this weekend to continue the essential resurfacing work as part of our ongoing improvement scheme. The closure is planned from 9pm Friday 18 June to 6am Monday 21 June.

    There will be no access to, from or across the motorway at junction 19 during this weekend. Traffic on the M6 motorway will run as normal in both directions.

    We’ll also be closing the A556 from the junction with the A5033 northbound, as well as junction 7 of the M56 westbound. Traffic wishing to travel south will continue to junction 9 of the M56 to join the M6 south at junction 20a. A number of diversion routes will be in place which you can view below.

    Please plan your journey in advance and use alternative routes if possible.

    Night time closures

    Throughout June we're closing the junction 19 roundabout overnight. These closures will be every Monday to Friday from 9pm to 6am. This is so that we can carry out important resurfacing work on the roundabout.

    What to expect if you’re driving through the scheme

    The first thing you’ll notice as you approach junction 19, is that there are a lot of signs. This is true if you’re travelling along the M6 motorway or on the A556 towards the roundabout. That’s because we need to use all the same signs that you see on much larger projects. The signs we must use are specified by governing bodies and provide useful information to road users. Our signs let motorists know that the roadworks are up ahead. They also give notice of any changes to driving conditions, such as narrow lanes or speed limits.

  • 10 June 2021

    June Closures

    In June, we’ll need to close the junction 19 roundabout overnight. These closures will be every Monday to Friday from 9pm to 6am. This is so that we can carry out important resurfacing work on the roundabout.

    We’ll also need to close the roundabout for another full weekend from 9pm Friday 11 June to 6am Monday 14 June. During this time, there will be no access to, from or across the motorway as the roundabout and slip roads will be closed. The A556 will also be closed in both directions. M6 traffic will be able to continue through the junction as usual, but not leave the motorway at junction 19.

    M6 J19 roundabout closure

    The weekend of Friday 18 June is booked as a contingency only.

    What to expect if you’re driving through the scheme.

    The first thing you’ll notice as you approach junction 19, is that there are a lot of signs. This is true if you’re travelling along the M6 motorway or on the A556 towards the roundabout. That’s because we need to use all the same signs that you see on much larger projects. The signs we must use are specified by governing bodies and provide useful information to road users. Our signs let motorists know that the roadworks are up ahead. They also give notice of any changes to driving conditions, such as narrow lanes or speed limits.

  • 12 May 2021

    Upcoming closures and Statutory Instrument Consultation

    The new bridge across the M6 at junction 19 is starting to take shape. In April, we passed a key milestone after pouring almost 1000m3 of concrete to form the bridge deck.

    We’re now building the side walls, which will link the new bridge to the existing roundabout. We’ve also started work on the new traffic signals and crossing point just south of the roundabout in Tabley. This new crossing will allow cyclists and pedestrians to move between Pickmere Lane and Tabley Hill Lane safely. 

    We understand that the closures in Tabley are stopping some cyclists from crossing the A556. However, this is not a safe location to cross. There are four lanes of live traffic moving at speed to join or leave the motorway. To give advanced notice that this junction is closed, we’ve put up some signs. We’re also asking people to use a different, safer route until the new crossing is open this summer.

    Speed limits consultation

    As part of the M6 junction 19 improvement project we are building new link roads through the junction to improve connectivity between the M6 and A556. Once the new link roads are open, we’ll need to reduce the speed limit on the M6 exit slip roads to 40mph.

    We want to hear from anybody that may be impacted by our proposals to reduce the speed limit on the exit slip roads. We have therefore launched a consultation on the changes to the speed limit to gain your feedback. Head to our consultation page to share your views with us. The consultation will close on Wednesday 9 June, so please ensure you have provided your response by this date.

    June closures

    In June, we’ll need to close the junction 19 roundabout overnight. These closures will be every Monday to Friday from 9pm to 6am. This is so that we can carry out important resurfacing work on the roundabout.

    We’ll also need to close the roundabout for two full weekends:

    • 9pm, Friday 4 June to 6am, Monday 7 June
    • 9pm, Friday 11 June to 6am, Monday 14 June

    The weekend of Friday 18 June is booked as a contingency only.

    What to expect if you’re driving through the scheme.

    The first thing you’ll notice as you approach junction 19, is that there are a lot of signs. This is true if you’re travelling along the M6 motorway or on the A556 towards the roundabout. That’s because we need to use all the same signs that you see on much larger projects. The signs we must use are specified by governing bodies and provide useful information to road users. Our signs let motorists know that the roadworks are up ahead. They also give notice of any changes to driving conditions, such as narrow lanes or speed limits.

  • 01 April 2021

    April Closures

    We’re planning two full closures of the M6 motorway at junction 19 in April. This is so we can pour the concrete deck for our new bridge. Both closures will last for approximately 34 hours.

    The times and dates of the closures are:

    • 8pm Friday 9 April to 6am Sunday 11 April
    • 8pm Friday 16 April to 6am Sunday 18 April

    The motorway will be closed between the exit and entry slip roads, with a short two lane diversion up and over the junction roundabout.

    We’ll need to close the A556 in both directions to allow M6 traffic to flow freely over the junction 19 diversion route. The A556 in Tabley will be closed northbound from the junction with the A5033.

    The M56 junction 7 westbound exit slip road will also be closed to reduce HGV movements on local roads. Traffic wishing to join the M6 southbound from the M56 should continue to M56 junction 9.

    We'll use a number of lane closures on the M6 overnight on the Friday and Saturdays. This will allow us to reline the carriageway to accommodate two lanes of traffic over the diversion route.

    There will be no full overnight closures of the M6 motorway between junctions 18 and 20, as there were during the full weekend closures in January.

    Please note: Traffic volumes have increased since we closed the motorway to install steel bridge beams in January. Expect long delays and plan your journey in advance, using alternative routes if possible.

    A number of diversion routes will be in place during the weekends. You can view these below.

  • 09 March 2021

    Latest news and upcoming closures

    In January, we closed the M6 motorway at junction 19 for two weekends in order to lift 36 steel beams into position over the carriageway. This was a significant milestone in the construction of the new bridge, which will better connect the M6 with the A556 in both directions.

    Despite challenging weather conditions, we carried out the work as planned and are currently on track to complete the scheme as scheduled, this summer.

     

    In addition to lifting the beams into position, we used the full overnight closures of the M6 between junctions 18 and 20 to carry out additional routine maintenance. This included clearing 26 miles of overgrown vegetation, removing 200 tonnes of silt from 12 miles of motorway drainage, cleaning 600 gullies and 108 manholes, collecting over 800 large bin bags of litter and making 22 repairs to safety barriers.

    We’re making preparations to pour the concrete for the bridge deck in mid-April, when we’ll need to close the M6 motorway within junction 19 for approximately 36 hours.

    We’re also continuing to make improvements to the roundabout and surrounding road network, including widening the footway and installing traffic lights south of the junction in Tabley. The majority of this work will take place during overnight closures, which will be in place between 8pm and 6am, Monday and Friday. We’ve also installed a permanent closure of the right-hand turn from the A556 to Pickmere Lane to allow us to carry out drainage and electrical work. We’re aiming to open the new right-hand turn lane prior to completion of the scheme in summer. 

    We apologise for any disruption these closures may cause and thank all local residents and road users for their continued patience while we complete this project.

    If you’d like to receive up-to-date information about upcoming closures and diversion routes, please contact us to request a copy of our weekly traffic management bulletin. Please email M6Junction19Improvement@highwaysengland.co.uk 

    Customer care and consideration

    Our M6 junction 19 Improvement project has recently been awarded a 4.5-star rating by the Considerate Constructors Scheme. This is something we’re extremely proud of as the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice is designed to raise industry standards and requires us to carry out our construction activity with the greatest of care and consideration. We must:

    • care about our appearance
    • respect the community
    • protect the environment
    • secure everyone’s safety
    • value our workforce

    The assessors praised our ‘ambition to be at the leading edge of best practice’ and said that ‘great consideration has been given to the impact of the works’.

    For more information about the Code of Considerate Practice and the Considerate Constructors Scheme, please call 0800 783 1423 or visit the Considerate Constructors Scheme website.

  • 15 December 2020

    M6 junction 19 and A556 full weekend closures - 22-25 January and 29 January – 1 February 2021

    First weekend closure update

    Over the weekend of 22 to 25 January we started lifting  our steel beams into position over junction 19 of the M6. Despite challenging weather conditions, our teams worked around the clock to ensure that the motorway and surrounding road network was opened as planned on Monday morning.

    Unprecedented rainfall across the UK resulted in widespread flooding and a number of road closures in the north-west. One of the routes affected was the A49, which was the planned diversion route for the overnight closure of M6 junctions 18 to 20.

    Working with Cheshire West and Chester Council, we were able to alleviate much of the water from the carriageway. However, the rising level of the River Weaver had flooded the bearings of Acton Swing Bridge making it unsafe to open to traffic. As a result, an emergency diversion was put in place along the A50; this was used overnight on Friday and Sunday. Due to a burst pipe, United Utilities had emergency roadworks on the A50 also, which caused increased congestion. We apologize for any disruption this diversion route caused to residents, and that we were unable to provide advanced notice.  

    In order to complete the final beam lifts, we’ll need to carry out a second weekend of full closures starting on Friday 29 January at 9pm. If Acton Swing Bridge remains closed, the A50 will once again need to be used as an alternative overnight diversion route on the Friday and Sunday.

    Alternative diversion route 

    Please plan your journey in advance and use alternative routes if possible

    As part of the M6 junction 19 improvement scheme, we’re constructing a new bridge across the centre of the roundabout. We’ll need to close the M6 motorway in both directions within junction 19, for two full weekends in January 2021 to lift the bridge beams into position. The closures will be between the exit and entry slip roads so all M6 traffic will be diverted up and over the junction in two lanes.

    diagram of proposed M6 junction 19 closure with north and southbound traffic diverted up and over the junction

    We have created an animation to show you how we plan to install the bridge beams during the closure.

    You can also read our latest newsletter to find out how work is progressing on site.

    Please note there will be no viewing platform for members of the public to watch the bridge beams lift. Please do not try to approach the site during the weekend.

    Closure dates

    Weekend 1 - 22, 23, 24 and 25 January
    Weekend 2 - 29, 30, 31 January and 1 February

    The closures will start at 9pm on the Friday and will be removed by 5am on the Monday. Closure dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances.

    We’ll also be closing the A556 in both directions to allow the M6 diversion to flow freely. The A556 will be closed northbound from the A5033 in Tabley and we’ll be closing the junction 7 exit slip road on the M56 westbound onto the A556, to reduce the number of HGVs using local roads.

    You can view maps of the diversion routes we will be using in the project information section of this page.

    Full closures M6 J18-20

    On 22, 24, 29 and 31 January, we’ll also need to close the M6 carriageway overnight in both directions between junctions 18 and 20. These closures will be in place from 9pm to 6am, and will allow us to widen the junction 19 slip roads to accommodate two lanes of traffic.

    We will be working with Cheshire East Council and Highways England’s Maintenance team to carry out additional activities during these closures

    To request our weekly updates on our planned closures, please email M6Junction19Improvement@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Removing the closures

    At 5am on the Mondays, we’ll start to remove all full closures from the network. From this time, we expect traffic to be able to travel along the M6, A556 and other local roads as usual, with no diversions in place. Due to there being multiple closures on the network at the same time, it will take our teams up to an hour to remove all traffic management from the network. During this time, some lane closures and speed restriction may remain in place. We’ll remove all traffic management by 6am, when the network will be open fully to road users.

     

  • 06 November 2020

    Latest news and upcoming closures

    There’s been a lot of activity on our site during recent months. We completed the foundations for the bridge as planned in the summer and we’ve since started to build the bridge walls on either side of the carriageway and within the centre of the motorway. Once these are complete, we’ll then be ready to lift the bridge beams into place early in 2021.

    In September, we removed existing street lighting, traffic lights and signage on the roundabout and installed new temporary signals. This allowed us to start the next phase of improvements, including widening the A556 northbound as you leave the junction.

    We’ve also added a new yellow box across the lanes on the Tabley side of the roundabout, as you exit onto the A556 south. We’ve already noticed an improvement with traffic moving more freely around the roundabout and reduced congestion during busy periods.

    What’s coming up

    Over the next few months, you’ll see some more big changes as we continue to build the bridge walls in the centre of the roundabout. We’ll also start making preparations to widen the roundabout, and install the new permanent lighting, signs and traffic light system on the surrounding roads. 

    November and December

    Permanent lane closures will continue to be in place on the roundabout and junction 19 slip roads throughout November and December, so there may be some additional delay during busy times.

    Over the coming months, we’ll need to use a number of full overnight closures to allow our teams to carry out a variety of construction work on the roundabout and the surrounding roads. Each closure will be in place from 8pm to 5am, and we will keep the roads open on Friday and Saturday nights.

    The majority of these full overnight closures will be south of the junction on the A556 in Tabley, as well as on the M6 northbound and southbound exit slip roads.

    We’ll also need to use some full overnight closures on the M6 motorway when traffic will be diverted up and over the junction.

    There will be no closures from Friday 18 December, for at least two weeks during the festive period.

    Get all the latest updates 

    If you’d like to receive information about upcoming closures and diversion routes, please contact us to request a copy of our weekly Traffic Management bulletin. Please email M6Junction19Improvement@highwaysengland.co.uk

     You can also visit Traffic England for real time information.

     

  • 04 September 2020

    Latest work update

    Most of our work so far has been taking place in the centre of the roundabout while we’ve been installing the foundations of the new bridge. We’ve now moved onto the next phase of work where we are building the bridge wall bases, which will support the bridge when it is lifted into place.

    We have also started work on the northbound carriageway of the A556, located just before the Green Bridge where we’re installing a specialised observation platform and acceleration lane. The construction period for this work is relatively short as we’re looking to complete the work and open the platform for DVSA and Police usage by late September/early October 2020.

    From Monday 14 September we’ll be closing the M6 junction 19 roundabout every night for two weeks. The closures will be from 9pm to 6am, and clearly signed diversion routes will be in place. Please check Traffic England for the latest closure information before you travel. You can also email us at M6Junction19Improvement@highwaysengland.co.uk to sign up for weekly roadwork notifications via email.

    Diversions

Project information

Project Diversion Routes

M6 Southbound J19 traffic to A556 (diversion via M6 J18)

M6 Northbound J19 traffic to A556 (diversion via M6 J20)

A556 Northbound Closure from Junction with A5033

M56 Westbound Closure of J7 exit slip link to A556

A556 Southbound Closure from Junction for Bucklow Hill

A556 Southbound Closure from Junction for Bucklow Hill (For traffic heading to M6)

A556 Northbound Closure (from J19 Roundabout for traffic heading towards Manchester)

Entry Slip from Mere to A556 Southbound

A556 diversion - closure of right hand turn into Pickmere lane

This busy junction is currently used by around 65,000 vehicles each day and is in need of improvement to meet the expected increase in traffic coming from the M6 and the A556. This increase is further exacerbated by the expansion of Manchester Airport (Airport City) and the development of the Wythenshawe MediPark. 

M6 junction 19 improvements are part of a wider collection of schemes to improve connections between Cheshire and South Manchester, including the completed A556 between Knutsford and Bowdon, the improved B5569, the M6 junction 16-19 smart motorway and the planned M56 junction 6-8 smart motorway. 

As part of this project, we are: 

  • building a two-way link across the junction to allow better connection between the M6 and A556, including a new bridge spanning the M6 motorway within the roundabout
  • renewing traffic signals on the roundabout and its approach roads and adding new traffic signals for the Tabley Hill Lane / Pickmere Lane junction 
  • adding new signs 
  • improving local access for walkers and cyclists using the junction

The improvements we’re making will reduce congestion in the future, improve safety and journey time reliability for all road users and increase connectivity between local areas. The project will also improve access for walkers and cyclists. 

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