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 is 12 May 2014 and the scheme is estimated to last for six months. 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 11 July 2014 to Sunday 13 July 2014
Future closures of the M6 northbound from junctions 31 to 32 are planned for the nights of Friday 11 July 2014 from 10:00pm to 6:00am and Saturday 12 July 2014 from 9:00pm to 6:00am.
Friday 18 July 2014 to Sunday 20 July 2014
Future closures of the M6 northbound from junctions 31 to 32 are planned for the nights of Friday 18 July 2014 from 10:00pm to 6:00am and Saturday 19 July 2014 from 9:00pm to 6:00am.
The M6 southbound will be closed at junction 32 on Saturday 19 July 2014 from 9:00pm until 6:00am and on Sunday 20 July 2014. During the closure there will be a fully signed diversion route via the M55 eastbound to junction 1 and back on the M55 westbound to the M6 southbound.
In addition, the M55 eastbound link to the M6 southbound will be closed from 9:00pm on Saturday 19 July 2014 to 6:00am on Sunday 20 July 2014. During the closure there will be a fully signed diversion route from M55 junction 1 via the A6 south, A5085 and A59 to M6 junction 31.
Friday 25 July 2014 to Sunday 27 July 2014
Future closures of the M6 northbound from junctions 31 to 32 are planned for the nights of Friday 25 July 2014 from 10:00pm to 6:00 am on Saturday 26 July 2014 and on Saturday 26 July 2014 from 9:00pm to 6:00am on Sunday 27 July 2014. During the closure there will be a fully signed diversion route from M6 junction 31 via the A59, A5085 to A6 north to M55 junction and east to M6 junction 32.
How will you manage traffic?
During the works a 50mph speed limit will be in place.
Will there be diversions?
When there are slips road or carriageway closures clearly signed diversion routes will be in place.
Friday 13 June 2014 (from 9:00pm to 6:00am) and Saturday 14 June 2014 (from 10:00pm to 6:00am)
During the M6 southbound closure at junction 32. Diverted traffic will be directed onto the M55 westbound, off at junction 1 and back onto the M55 eastbound and southbound on the M6.