MOTORISTS are being warned about closures of motorway slip roads this month and next.

It will affect junctions five and six of the M65 as £350,000 improvement works are carried out.

For four weekends from tomorrow, engineers will close the exit slip road on junction five westbound between 9pm on Fridays to 5am on Mondays. Highways bosses are looking to convert the slip road into two-lane running to reduce traffic queuing on the motorway.

Similar restrictions will take place on the junction six westbound exit and entry slip roads from 9pm on Friday, October 12 to 5am on Monday October 15.

The work is to address some drainage issues and flooding on the westbound carriageway between the junction 6 exit and entry slip roads.

There will be a diversion route in place and localised signed diversion routes will be in place for all closures associated with these improvement works.

When carrying out certain elements of works, there are warnings about an increase in noise levels in the area.

A statement by Highways England said: “While we appreciate these slip road closures will cause inconvenience for some drivers, we know regular users of the motorway network in this part of Lancashire will appreciate the investment in two vital sets of improvement works which will give them safer, smoother and more reliable journeys.

“We have also timed this work to ensure it takes place when traffic levels are at their lightest and good diversions using alternative slip roads nearby will be in place.”

Works are subject to weather conditions therefore dates may change at short notice.