Four weeks of overnight closures will be in place on the M6 as £1.7million bridge repairs resume next month. 

Important wear and tear repairs to two bridges along the M6 in Lancashire will resume following a national pause in the roadworks ahead of the Queen's state funeral on Monday.

The £1.7million project is delivering a permanent repair to recurring potholes in the motorway carriageways on Whittingham Lane and Stubbins Lane bridges between junction 32 and junction 33.

Work to refurbish the two bridge decks started earlier this month and includes full re-waterproofing, concrete repairs and the replacement of bridge joints – mechanisms which allow the bridges to expand and contract safely during changes in the weather.

A new central reservation safety barrier will also be constructed on each bridge alongside new surfacing, white lining and road studs.

While there will be some work taking place this weekend, the project will fully resume on Saturday week (October 1) with the first of around four weeks of nightly, 9pm to 5am, closures of the southbound M6 between junction 33 and junction 32 – with a diversion using the parallel southbound A6 via junction 33 and junction one of the M55.

This weekend’s work requires lane closures only along the southbound M6 between 9pm (Friday September 23) and 6am on Saturday (September 24).

There will be a northbound carriageway closure from 9pm on Monday (September 26) to 5am on Tuesday (September 27). A diversion between junction 32 and junction 33 will operate via junction one of the M55 and northbound A6.

Once the project has resumed next weekend, two lanes will be open to drivers along the southbound carriageway during the day, including at weekends – helping to keep drivers safely on the move and provide a safe space for roadworkers.

National Highways is urging drivers using the motorway overnight to use the official diversion route via the southbound A6 from junction 33.

Drivers are also advised to check traffic conditions before setting out on journeys.

National Highways has also used the break in roadworks to review the overall M6 project and has cancelled three further full weekend carriageway closures – apologising to drivers caught up in queues during the first weekend of work earlier this month.

Head of scheme delivery for National Highways in the North West, Gary Knowles, said: "We have publicly apologised for the delays experienced by drivers during the first weekend of work.

"As promised, we have used the national pause in roadworks to review our plan to enable the remaining works to be completed safely.

"We have now cancelled the planned weekend daytime carriageway closures with closures now only taking place overnight when traffic is at its lightest.

“We would like to thank motorway users and people living along the A6 overnight diversion route for their patience and support as we resume these important repairs which will help keep everyone safely on the move.”

Live traffic information is always available at or from National Highways’ 24-7 customer contact centre at 0300 123 5000.

Updates will also be posted to @HighwaysNWest – National Highways’ regional Twitter feed.

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