M56 Thorley Lane Scheme
Part of our programme of improvements (generally with value <£10m)
Where was the project located?
Thorley Lane bridge is located over the M56 at junction 5 the exit for Manchester Airport.
Why was the scheme needed?
The scheme was needed as the former bridge had weakened with age and was no longer fit for purpose with a weight restriction on lorries, limiting traffic numbers.
What work was carried out?
The original bridge and the pier in the central reservation was demolished, the central pier reconstructed and the bridge supports either side of the motorway rebuilt and the new bridge deck was constructed and installed.
How did this benefit road users?
As part of the Pinch Point Programme, this scheme will:
- Improve safety by removing the current weight restrictions on the road network in the area.
- Boost the economy by removing traffic diversions necessitated by the weak bridge.
How do I find out more information ?
If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 123 5000.