M6 Junction 32 Northbound Widening
Part of our programme of improvements (generally with value <£10m)
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 email@example.com or calling 0300 123 5000.
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.
Friday 29 August 2014 to Monday 1 September 2014
There are closures of the M6 northbound from junctions 31 to 32, planned overnight on Friday 29 August to Saturday 30 August 2014 from 10:00pm to 6:00am, and on Saturday 30 August, Sunday 31 August and Monday 1 September 2014 from 9:00pm to 6:00am. During the closures there will be a fully signed diversion route in place from M6 junction 31 via the A59, A5085 to A6 north to M55 junction 1 and east to M6 junction 32.
In addition, there are closures of the M6 southbound from junctions 32 to 31, planned overnight on Friday 29 August to Saturday 30 August 2014 from 10:00pm to 6:00am, and on Saturday 30 August, Sunday 31 August and Monday 1 September 2014 from 9:00pm to 6:00am. During the closures there will be a fully signed diversion route in place from M6 junction 32 via the M55 eastbound to junction 1, around the roundabout and back onto the M55 westbound and back onto the M6 southbound.
How will you manage traffic?
During the works a 50mph speed limit will be in place.
Will there be diversions?
Yes, there will be diversions as detailed above.