M6 Junction 32 Northbound Widening

Project status:   Current
Region:  North West

Start date:   12 May 2014
End date:  November 2014

Type:   Improvement Scheme
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Improvement Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (generally with value <£10m)

Cost:  £7 million

Managed by:   Area 13


Details of the roadworks and closures scheduled for this scheme can be found on the Journey Impact page.

What is happening?

We are carrying out works to improve the northbound M6 motorway through to junction 32.

These works are part of the national Pinch Point Programme.  The Pinch Point Programme forms part of the UK Government's growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor's Autumn Statement in November 2011.

When and where is this happening?

The construction start date of the scheme was 12 May 2014 and the scheme is estimated to finish in November 2014. 

M6 junction 32 is located to the north of Preston and forms the junction with the M55 to Blackpool.

Why is this happening and what will it cost?

The northbound M6 suffers from safety problems and congestion related to the current layout as vehicles change lanes to either continue along the M6 or turn onto the M55.

How will the scheme be carried out?

The mainline M6 is to be widened to provide three lanes northbound through the junction.  The existing two lane exit to the M55 will be retained in a realigned layout and the northbound entry slip from the M55 onto the M6 will be amended north of the junction.  A new overhead sign gantry will be erected and works will also take place to the central reservation and other elements of the junction.

What are the benefits?

As part of the Pinch Point Programme, this scheme aims to:

  • help to reduce daily congestion
  • reduce journey times for the travelling public
  • boost the economy
  • improve safety

How do I find out more information ?

More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

Details of scheduled roadworks are provided to help you plan your journey. Please note that works are weather- and resource- dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice. This information is not updated in real time so please check Traffic England for current traffic conditions. Diversion timings are approximate and act as a guide only.

Will there be roadworks?

Yes, roadworks will be needed to carry out these works safely.  This will include hard shoulder and lane closures and the occasional slip road and carriageway closures.


How will you manage traffic?

Saturday 18 October 2014 to Monday 20 October 2014

A full carriageway closure of the M6 northbound is to take place overnight on Saturday 18 October 2014 from 9:00pm to 6:00am on Sunday 19 October 2014.  For vehicles wishing to go north on the M6 during the closure there will be a fully signed diversion route in place.  Traffic should leave the M6 at junction 32, and travel westbound to M55 junction 1 and proceed north along the A6 to its junction with the M6 junction 33.

In addition, there will be a full closure of the M6 northbound carriageway from junction 31 to 32 overnight on Sunday 19 October 2014 from 9:00pm to 6:00am on Monday 20 October 2014.  For vehicles wishing to go north on the M6 during the closure there will be a fully signed diversion route in place.  Traffic should leave the M6 at junction 31 and travel west on the A59, northwest on the A5085 and north on the A6 to join the M55 at junction 1 and eastbound to re-join the M6.

Will there be diversions?

Yes, there will be diversions as detailed above.