Construction work on a new junction of the M56 in Cheshire is to start in spring 2020, Highways England have confirmed.
The £60million junction that will be known as 11a, is to be built between junctions 11 and 12 of the motorway at Runcorn, a notorious stretch of road which sees frequent crashes.
The addition of a new junction aims to reduce congestion and maintain reliable journey times for motorists in Cheshire.
It will also provide a new link to the Mersey Gateway bridge between Runcorn and Widnes and benefit local residents by cutting down on the amount of traffic in residential areas.
And Junction 11a will link to a new crossroads for the A533 Southern Expressway and Murdishaw Avenue, north of the motorway, which will replace the existing roundabout and be controlled by traffic lights which will use sensors in the road to respond to changes in traffic levels.
Tim Gamon, Highways England’s regional delivery director for the North West, said: “The new junction on the M56 will benefit local residents by taking traffic away from residential areas as well as providing a new route to the Mersey Gateway bridge – an important new link between Cheshire and Merseyside.”
Detailed designs for the major project will now be developed with Highways England planning to start construction work in March 2020.