M6, M55, A585: Major Lancs and Cumbria roadworks this week

Roadworks are set to disrupt drivers across Lancashire and Cumbria over the next two weeks.

Highways England is carrying out necessary works in the region in the coming fortnight.

Drivers are set to be impacted, with some popular routes affected including the M6, M55, A585 and more.

New bridges, resurfacing work and essential maintenance are just some of the reasons for the roadworks, which will lead to overnight closures on motorways in some circumtances.

Diversions will be in place to provide alternative routes for motorists as the roadworks take effect.

Highways England says that all work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible, but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

A spokesperson for Highways North West said: “Roadworks affect all journeys which is why it is important they are completed as quickly as possible.

“All our sites have strict safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 and none of our sites are open to the public.”

Here is a full list of roadworks planned across Lancashire and Cumbria over the next two weeks.

M6 between junctions 32 and 33

Work at Hardman’s Wood bridge is set to take two weeks.

Roadworks will begin from Friday, March 5, with a 40mph speed limit in place under the bridge for safety purposes.

A new protective concrete barrier is being installed in the southbound hard shoulder under the bridge – providing extra protection for the bridge from vehicle strikes.

An overnight closure of the southbound carriageway will be in place from 9pm on Saturday, March 13, to 5am on Sunday, March 14.

M6 junction 33 to junction 32 (resurfacing)

Small scale resurfacing is taking place along sections of the southbound M6 between junction 33 and junction 32 next week.

The southbound carriageway will be closed overnight – between 8pm and 5am – next Friday night (February 26).

A diversion will operate along the southbound A6 and eastbound M55 from junction 1.

M6 junction 36 to junction 35 (resurfacing)

Small scale resurfacing is taking place along sections of the southbound M6 between junction 36 and junction 35 next week.

The southbound carriageway will be closed overnight – between 8pm and 5am – next Thursday night (February 25).

A diversion will operate along the westbound A590, southbound A6 and eastbound A601(M).

M6 between junctions 41 and 42

A five-week maintenance project focusing on the pedestrian bridge linking the northbound and southbound motorway service areas started in January.

The project is due to be completed by Thursday (February 25).

Works are taking place on both sides of the carriageway and will be carried out under lane closures and a 50mph to 40mph stepped speed restriction.

There will be no overtaking for vehicles over two metres wide.

The footbridge will remain open at all times but there will be occasional overnight closures of the service area slip roads.

M6 between junctions 42 and 43.

Highways England is renewing the central reservation safety barrier of the motorway in a 12-week project which will started in January.

Traffic management includes narrow lane running, a temporary barrier and a 50mph speed limit.

Highways will also be taking the opportunity of round-the-clock lane closures and some 8pm to 6am overnight carriageway closures to add extra protection to bridge supports along the motorway.

M55 junctions 1 to 3

Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit are now in place along a short stretch of the motorway where a new junction (junction 2) is being constructed as part of Lancashire County Council’s Preston Western Distributor road project.

The major new road will link Preston and southern Fylde to the M55 motorway.

Scheduled to open early in 2023, this £200m road scheme is the biggest new road programme in the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.

It is hoped to promote new housing and business development in the area, while increasing capacity on the existing local road network.

The Preston Western Distributor will link the A583 and the M55 motorway and will involve the construction of a new motorway junction, four new bridges, and three underpasses.

The scheme also includes two new roads connecting to new and existing housing areas of North West Preston and Cottam.

The new East-West Link Road and Cottam Link Road will provide convenient access to the Preston Western Distributor, avoiding already congested local routes.

More information is available here.

A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool improvement

Work to deliver a £150 million new bypass and junction improvements is now underway.

The first major construction phase for the project is now underway with work at Skippool and Skippool Bridge junctions where Highways are dualling a short section of the existing single carriageway A585 and replacing the existing roundabout with a signalised crossroads.

Narrow lanes and a speed reduction will be in place.

Work has also started away from the A585 to construct the new Poulton junction which will form part of the new bypass.

More information is available here.

A590 Newby Bridge

As part of an £8 million programme of work along the route this financial year, Highways started 8pm to 6am overnight work on an important safety scheme at Newby Bridge.

It is due to be completed by Friday (February 26).

The £150,000 project involves stopping drivers turning right onto the westbound A590 from Lakeside (the junction near the Swan Hotel).

The junction improvements will entail widening the carriageway, installing a new traffic island and signs, and replacing the road markings.

Temporary three-way traffic signals are in place during the work, on weekdays only.

A590 Cross-a-Moor

Work at the site has now been paused.

Plans to clear vegetation in preparation for the construction the new £7 million roundabout and link roads with Main Road and Pennington Lane moved from February/March to the autumn. 

The main construction work is still scheduled to take place within the 2021 to 2022 financial year.

Lancs Live – Cumbria