Overnight delays on motorway

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DRIVERS are being warned of motorway closures as a routine maintenance project and chemical spillage repairs get underway.

Greater Manchester’s busy M6 and M61 will be subject to lane and slip road closures from this week.

Resurfacing and roadmarking renewal will benefit sections of the M6 in both directions between junction 26 at Orrell and junction 30 at Balcow.

Slip road closures will have clearly-signed diversions in place, the M6 itself will remain open.

Also, the M61 around junction 9 at Clayton Brook will be affected once work starts. Work on the M61 is aimed at carrying out repairs following a chemical spillage along the carriageway last October.

This will mean the section of the northbound M61, from its interchange with the M65 to where the traffic joins the M6, will also suffer one overnight closure after the school holidays.

Highways Agency project sponsor Jakub Malaj said: “This is important, if routine, maintenance work along these busy sections of the M6 and M61, and slip roads as well as the main carriageways will benefit from the work.

“We have worked hard to ensure the M6 can remain open at all times, sometimes with a 50mph speed limit in place, although a section of the northbound carriageway of the M61 will need to close for a night, with a good alternative motorway route in place.

“Drivers needing to join or leave the motorway when slip roads are closed will find clearly-signed diversions in place using the motorway network, and we will be signing timings and locations of these overnight closures in advance.”

Overnight work will be taking place between 10pm and 5am each night, or 7am at weekends when traffic flows are lowest.

The project is due to be completed by October 26.

For more information, call 0300 123 5000 or visit www.highways.gov.uk/traffic.