Drivers using the M56 through Cheshire are being reminded the eastbound slip roads at junction 12 for Runcorn and Widnes will be closed for a whole weekend later this month.

Both the eastbound exit slip road and the eastbound entry slip road will be closed between 9pm on Friday, April 22 and 5am on Monday, April 25, as work off the motorway for the Mersey Gateway bridge project continues.

As part of the work to construct link roads to the new bridge, the A557 Weston Point Expressway roundabout off junction 12 of the M56 is being re-modelled with restricted access for motorway users with the two slip road closures.

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Highways England will use the closures to do routine repairs and maintenance along the slip roads to avoid closing them for routine work on other dates.

Drivers will be able to join or leave the motorway from the westbound entry and exit slip roads using diversions via junction 14 or junction 11 of the motorway as appropriate.

Highways England project manager Dave Dickinson said: “Although Mersey Gateway is on the local road network, its role in connecting the M62 and M56 is important and remodelling the roundabout at Weston Point Expressway is an important phase of the project.

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“We appreciate people used to joining and leaving the eastbound M56 at junction 12 will be inconvenienced over this weekend but good motorway diversions are in place and drivers should allow a little bit of extra time to use them.”

Highways England will be monitoring the motorway closely – particularly on the approaches to both the eastbound exit slip road at junction 11 and westbound exit slip road at junction 12 – and will use electronic message signs to warn drivers of congestion.

This month’s closure of the motorway slip roads is part of a month of works to remodel the roundabout between the motorway and the Weston Point Expressway which is due to be completed by Monday, May 2.

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Drivers are being urged to allow extra time to complete journeys and to check travel conditions before setting off. Highways England provides live traffic information via its website, local and national radio travel bulletins and electronic road signs. Information is also available from Twitter via @highwaysNWEST.

More details on the Mersey Gateway project are available at