Full Schedule of Weekend A556 Road Closures

A556 Road Closures


There will a little bit of chaos over the next few weeks as all the work of the past two years comes to a head on the 6th of March when the new road finally opens. The represents the removal of one of the biggest bottlenecks in the area. It will also be a relief to the people of Mere who have had to put up with standing traffic outside their homes for years on end.

There will be a series of full weekend closures prior to the road opening. This will allow the team to connect the new road to the existing network.

The roads that will be closed are as follows:

• The A556 (Chester Road) will be closed in both directions from the Windmill Public House in Tabley to Bowdon roundabout.
• The M6 J19 southbound access and exit slip roads
(northbound will remain open).
M56 J8
M56 J7 eastbound and westbound exit slip roads.
• The link between the two Bowdon roundabouts.


The closures will be in place from Friday at 9pm until 5am on Monday morning.

The anticipated dates are as follows:

Weekend 1: 17th Feb – 20th Feb
Weekend 2: 3rd March- 6th March
Weekend 3: 10th Feb – 13th Feb

They anticipate that the new road will be open to traffic by 5am on Monday 6 March before closing again for the weekend of Friday 10 March whilst barrier works are completed.

In addition there are two contingency weekends in the event of bad weather affecting works, these are

Weekend : 24th Feb– 27th Feb
Weekend: 17th March- 20th March


Traffic travelling between the M6 and M56 motorways will be diverted along the motorway network. Local traffic will be able to use the A50, Chapel Lane and Mereside Road.


During weekend 1

Removal of  the permanent traffic lights at Bucklow Hill junction and installing temporary lights in readiness for the de-trunking works. The traffic signal control pedestrian crossing facility at the junction will no longer be available.

During weekend 2

Removal of the permanent traffic lights at Mere junction and installing temporary lights in preparation for de-trunking.

They will also take the opportunity during these closures to do other advanced works in readiness for de-trunking Chester Road.

There is a requirement to install temporary traffic lights at Tabley and Millington link roads between the new A556 and Chester Rd. The lights will be removed as soon as the roundabouts are fully constructed.

Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum.


A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Improvement Scheme


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