These road closures will be in place up to the opening of the new A556 on Monday 6th March and then on the following weekend. The new A556 dual carriageway is scheduled to open to traffic in March 2017. The new 6.5km route connects the M6 Junction 19 in Tabley with the M56 Junction 7 at Bowdon. Click here if you wish to download the PDF version of this map.
Full weekend road closures - There will be a series of full weekend closures from Friday 9pm to 5am Monday prior to the road opening. This will allow the team to connect the new road to the existing network.
- A556 (Chester Road) will be closed in both directions from the Windmill Public House in Tabley to Bowdon roundabout.
- M6 J19 southbound access and exit slip roads (northbound will remain open).
- M56 J8; J7 eastbound and westbound exit slip roads and the link between the two Bowdon roundabouts.
The closures will be in place from Friday at 9pm until 5am on Monday morning. The timing of the programme may be affected by bad weather.
The anticipated dates are:
Weekend 2: 3 Mar- 6 Mar
Weekend 3: 10 Mar - 13 Mar
We anticipate that the new road will be open to traffic by 5am on Monday 6 March before closing again for the weekend of Friday 10 March whilst barrier works are completed.
We also have a contingency weekend. The closures will only take place on this weekend if work is delayed due to unforeseen circumstances or bad weather. This is 17 March- 20 March, Please check the scheme Facebook page at A556KnutsfordtoBowdon to keep up to date with our progress and see a map. (now loaded on this website). Once these works are complete, the new road will be open for traffic and we will commence de-trunking work on the old A556.
Traffic travelling between the M6 and M56 motorways will be diverted along the motorway network.
During weekend 2, planned to be 3 Mar- 6 Mar, we will be removing the permanent traffic lights at Mere junction and installing temporary lights in preparation for de-trunking. We will also take the opportunity during these closures to do other advanced works in readiness for de-trunking Chester Road. There is a requirement to install temporary traffic lights at Tabley and Millington link roads between the new A556 and Chester Rd. The lights will be removed as soon as the roundabouts are fully constructed. We appreciate that the closures could be potentially disruptive to local residents and road users, but we assure you that we will make every effort to keep disruption to a minimum. Further information can be found - click here