This road project has now been completed. This page will be available for 6 months from the date of scheme completion, after which time you will only be able to access this information on The National Archive version of this page.

M56 Thorley Lane Scheme

Project status:   Completed
Region:  North West

Start date:   May 2014
End date:  1 April 2015

Type:   Improvement Scheme
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Improvement Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (generally with value <£10m)

Cost:  £5.5 million

Managed by:   Area 10


Where was the project located?

Thorley Lane bridge is located over the M56 at junction 5 the exit for Manchester Airport.

Why was the scheme needed?

The scheme was needed as the former bridge had weakened with age and was no longer fit for purpose with a weight restriction on lorries, limiting traffic numbers.

What work was carried out?

The original bridge and the pier in the central reservation was demolished, the central pier reconstructed and the bridge supports either side of the motorway rebuilt and the new bridge deck was constructed and installed.

How did this benefit road users?

As part of the Pinch Point Programme, this scheme will:

- Improve safety by removing the current weight restrictions on the road network in the area.

- Boost the economy by removing traffic diversions necessitated by the weak bridge.

How do I find out more information ?

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

Details of scheduled roadworks are provided to help you plan your journey. Please note that works are weather- and resource- dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice. This information is not updated in real time so please check Traffic England for current traffic conditions. Diversion timings are approximate and act as a guide only.

Will there be roadworks?