M6 Junction 32 Northbound Widening

Project status:   Current
Region:  North West


Start date:   12 May 2014
End date:  March 2015


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

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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 March 2015. 

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?

Friday 13 March 2015 to Wednesday 18 March 2015

There will be a full closure of the M6 southbound at junction 32 on Friday 13 March 2015 from 9:00pm to 6:00am.  For vehicles wishing to travel south 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 on the M55 to junction 1, drive round the roundabout and return eastbound on the M55 link road to rejoin the M6 southbound.

There will be a full closure of the M55 eastbound link road to the M6 northbound on the nights of Friday 13, Sunday 15, Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 March 2015 from 9:00pm to 6:00am.  For vehicles wishing to travel north on the M6 during the closure, there will be a fully signed diversion route in place.  Traffic should leave the M55 at junction 1 and follow the A6 northbound to the link with M6 to join the M6 at junction 33.

There will be a full closure of the M6 northbound from junction 31 to junction 32 on Saturday 14 March 2015 from 9:00pm to 6:00am.  For vehicles wishing to travel 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 M55 junction and then east to M6 junction 32.

There will be a full closure of the M6 northbound at junction 32 on Monday 16 March 2015 from 9:00pm to 6:00am.  For vehicles wishing to travel 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 on the M55 to junction 1, drive round the roundabout and return eastbound on the M55 link road to rejoin the M6 northbound.

Will there be diversions?

Yes, there will be diversions as detailed above.