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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 MAELR/Hazel Grove and Poynton Bypass 14 May 2017

Construction of a new dual carriageway bypass from M60 j25, around the south of Hazel Grove, connecting to the existing A555; also a westward extension of the A555 to meet the M56 Manchester Airport spur road. This is a scaled-down version of plans drawn up in the 1970s for a motorway on the same line, becoming a grade-separated dual carriageway west from Hazel Grove. Its resurrection is due to 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This scheme replaces the earlier M6 J13-19 Smart Motorway scheme, which was withdrawn in 2014.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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A59 Penwortham Bypass Completion 10 February 2017

Construction of a new dual two-lane road to complete the Penwortham Bypass, running from the Broad Oak Roundabout on the A582, which forms the southern end of the part of the Bypass that already exists, and turning west to run directly to a new roundabout on the A59 south west of Howick Cross Lane.

The Broad Oak Roundabout would be signalised as part of these works.

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Preston Western Distributor Road 4 November 2016

A new dual two-lane route linking the A583 and A584 west of Preston to a new junction on the M55. The route will include two intermediate roundabout junctions and will involve building a new interchange on the M55.

The M55 does not have a junction 2 because at the time the motorway was built a western bypass of Preston, to be part of the motorway network, was proposed. The western bypass motorway was never built but this scheme is a smaller scale attempt to provide a similar road.

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M6 J19 Improvement 21 September 2016

Improvements will be made to J19 of the M6 in order to reduce congestion and increase safety. The junction suffers problems handling current levels of traffic, and congestion is expected to be increase now that the adjacent A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Environmental Improvement scheme has opened to traffic. Changes are therefore required to allow the junction to continue functioning.

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M56 New Junction 11a 14 September 2016

The scheme involves construction of a new interchange between junctions 10 and 11 of the M56, linking the motorway to the A533 close to Runcorn. The aims of the scheme are to reduce congestion and delays, particularly at junction 11 which is presently the main junction for Runcorn, as well as provide enhanced access to the new Mersey Gateway bridge.

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