M56 slip roads to close for maintenance

The Highways Agency is carrying out £412,000 worth of works over 15 nights throughout August.

The project involves resurfacing M56 motorway slip roads and parts of the main carriageway between Junction 1 at Kingsway where it meets the M60 motorway and Junction 6 at Hale.

The Highways Agency said during a rolling programme of works different entry and exit slip roads serving the M56 will need to be closed overnight for the works with clearly signed diversions in place.

The closures include:

  • the roads linking the M56 and M60 around M56 Junction 1
  • the entry slip road from the southbound A34 Kingsway and the exit slip road from the M56 onto the northbound A34 Kingsway
  • the eastbound entry and westbound exit slip roads at Junction 2 at Sharston
  • the eastbound exit slip road at Junction 3a
  • the eastbound entry slip roads at Junction 5 at Manchester Airport and Junction 6 at Hale
  • the westbound entry and exit slip roads at Junction 6

Several miles of eastbound carriageway between Hasty Lane south of Manchester Airport and the bridge over the railway line at Blackcarr just north of Junction 3a will also be closed for resurfacing but drivers will be able to use the hard shoulder instead with a 50mph speed limit in place.

Parts of the westbound carriageway between Hollyedge Road overbridge west of Junction 3 and the Chapel Lane overbridge west of Junction 6 will also be resurfaced and subject to overnight closures, but driver will be able to use the hard shoulder as a running lane. A 50mph speed limit will be in place to keep the motorway open to drivers.

The Highways Agency said work will be taking place between 10pm and 5am and will only affect individual slip roads or sections of the carriageway for one or two nights before work moves onto another part of the motorway and the project is completed before Thursday 1 September.

Jakub Malaj, Highways Agency project sponsor, said: "This is routine but essential maintenance to ensure we continue to deliver safe, smooth and reliable journeys for drivers using this section of the M56 – including people joining from the M60.

"In resurfacing sections of this part of the M56 we will be using materials with better skid resistance, enhancing safety for drivers.

"We have timed this work to take place overnight when traffic flows are lowest. We will ensure that any diversions will be clearly signed for drivers having to use this section of the motorway overnight and coming across the occasional slip road closures."

Your Comments

Brilliant. Surely this will only effect those lucky enought to drive larger cars such as VW’s or Range Rovers. What about the smaller cars?


Typical. Bashing so called ‘middle class’ car users again. Any mention of Hale, and the cheap gibe merchants come out of the woodwork. Quite Ridculous. Whatever happened to informed comment?

By Lenny Godber

How dare you infer my comments as an attempt to start a class war. All I’m saying is the larger cars will benefit. Those in Hale should get the train anyway.


I think that you are both very childish. Perhaps instead of worrying about big cars, you shoul dconsider the starving people of Somalia.

By Mr Barraclough

The M56 is rubbish anyway. So’s the overpriced Metro, for that matter too.

By Grouty

That’s right. we should boycottt the M56 at the same time and use the train.

By Ives

Actually, I think everyone should cycle wherever possible. There are plenty of super cycling paths in south Manchester, which no one hardly ever uses.

By McLaren

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