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A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool 5 February 2018

Construction of a new dual two-lane road to bypass the existing A585 through Little Singleton, on the section of road linking the Fylde peninsula to the motorway network at M55 junction 3. The new road will include improved junctions at Skippool and Windy Harbour, and may also include a short link road to the A588 to fully bypass Little Singleton to the north.

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A5036 Port of Liverpool access 10 January 2018

Improvement of the A5036 between Liverpool Docks at Seaforth and Switch Island at Aintree, the principal road linking the port with the national motorway network. At present the road is a dual carriageway with numerous signalised junctions and property accesses that runs directly through residential areas.

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M62 J10-12 Smart Motorway 13 December 2017

Work to upgrade the M62 between junctions 10 (Croft Interchange at the M6) and junction 12 (Eccles Interchange at the M60) to Smart Motorway standard. This will include the introduction of new technology, with Variable Speed Limits, new traffic sensors and CCTV. Refuge areas will also be installed at regular intervals by the side of the motorway.

It is not yet clear whether the Smart Motorway will be operated with All Lane Running, converting the hard shoulder to a permanent fourth running lane, though this seems likely.

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A57 Mottram Moor Link Road 7 December 2017

Construction of a new dual two-lane road from the terminal roundabout at M67 junction 4 to the A57 at Mottram Moor, where it will terminate at another roundabout. The road will pass below the A6018 and a residential area by means of a bored tunnel. An intermediate roundabout west of Mottram will provide access to the A6018 by a link road. A further single two-lane road will continue from the end of the dual two-lane road south east to the A57 at Woolley Bridge.

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A6 Broughton Bypass 28 May 2017

Construction of a new bypass to the east of the village of Broughton on the A6, running from the roundabout at M55 junction 1 to a point on the A6 north of the village.

The southern half of the bypass, from the M55 to the B5269, will be dual two-lanes. The northern section from the B5269 to the A6 will be a single carriageway with one lane each way.

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A555 Manchester Airport Eastern Link Road 14 May 2017

Construction of a new dual carriageway bypass from the eastern end of the M56 Manchester Airport Spur to the A6 at Hazel Grove, incorporating the existing short section of A555 between Handforth and Woodford. This is a scaled-down version of a route first outlined in 1962 and progressed in the 1970s as a motorway, intended to form part of the Manchester Outer Ring Road. It was resurrected in the early 2000s as a result of the "SEMMMS" multi-modal study.

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M6 J16-19 Smart Motorway 20 April 2017

Upgrade of the M6 to Smart Motorway between junctions 16 and 19, in order to create a smoother flow of traffic and thus reduce congestion.

As well as variable speed limits, this is a full conversion to All-Lane-Running (turning the hard shoulder into a permanent fourth running lane) with only Emergency Refuge Areas provided instead.

This scheme replaces the earlier M6 J13-19 Smart Motorway scheme, which was withdrawn in 2014.

Works will initially be at the northern end of the scheme, before spreading south.

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A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Environmental Improvement 8 March 2017

A new largely offline and grade separated dual carriageway linking M6 J19 and M56 J7. It would replace the current heavily congested and mostly four lane single carriageway A556.

The Highways Agency has confirmed that a 60mph speed limit will be applied to the new road in an attempt to minimise pollution generated by the increase in traffic. This limit is expected to be raised to National Speed Limit 2-5 years after the road is opened, as vehicle emissions drop.

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A683 Lancaster Northern Bypass 8 March 2017

Construction of a new route from the existing dualled section of the A683 between Morecambe and Lancaster to junction 34 of the M6, providing a northern bypass for the city and improving motorway access for Morecambe and Heysham (including the ferry links to Ireland and Isle of Man).

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