Work on M6 smart motorway upgrade to start

Work to upgrade a 20-mile stretch of the M6 in Cheshire to a smart motorway will start later this month.  

Work will start on 26 February on the first section of the scheme – an eight-mile stretch between Knutsford and Middlewich near junction 18. Work will continue in similar phases to minimise disruption.

Narrow lanes and a temporary 50mph speed limit will be installed. Some lane closures will be in place while these are installed but once in place, the narrow lanes will allow three lanes to be kept open in each direction.

In addition to smart motorway work, crews will also undertake maintenance work on bridges and structures along the route.

The hard shoulder will be converted to a traffic lane to create extra capacity. Information about road conditions and speed limits will be displayed to drivers on electronic road signs.

Highways England project manager Kate Beirne said: “This scheme will bring real benefits to drivers travelling in Cheshire and to the wider economy – it will ease congestion and help keep traffic moving, making journeys more reliable.”

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