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Weekly Edition - Published  01 September 2016

 

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Information event taking place for new M56 Junction 11a

DRIVERS, business owners and residents will be able to find out more about 2 Options for a new Junction 11a, on the M56, at an information event that will be held at Runcorn Linnets Football Club, on Tuesday, 6 September 2016, from 10am to 8pm. The Runcorn Linnets Football Club is located on Murdishaw Ave, Runcorn, WA7 6DL. We are told that:- "All comments will help inform proposals for a consultation later in the 2016. The plan is to ease congestion, relieve pressure on Junction 12 and improve connections to the Mersey Gateway and we need the public's help to do this."

The M56 is an important strategic route, linking North Wales to Manchester and the M6, as well as the Wirral, via the A55 and M53. It also provides links to both Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport, as well as Chester and South Warrington.

Project manager Sophie Diver said:- "The government is investing heavily in additional capacity and connections to future proof our network and to reflect the growth in the regional economy. The M56 is an important strategic route for the North West. Drivers will benefit from the additional capacity and connectivity that a new junction will provide."

Outline designs are currently being developed for the new M56 Junction are:-

Option 1 – East Option...  This option would introduce a new junction to the East of the West Coast Main Line, connecting to the A56 Chester Road to the South and the existing Murdishaw roundabout to the North.

Option 2 – West Option...  This option would introduce a new junction to the West of the West Coast Main Line, connecting to a new roundabout at the South and the A533 Southern Expressway to the North.

The Highways Agency said:- "We are carrying out a number of surveys in the area to gather information, which will help us to develop each improvement option. Ecology surveys are taking place to identify if any protected species are present. This will help us to understand the environmental impacts. We expect to announce a preferred route in Spring 2017. The construction is expected to begin by March 2020. More information on the scheme is available on Highways England's webpage for the proposal documents."

Please also let us know what your views are, via emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.com

 

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