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Highways England showcases plans for M56 smart motorway

Plans for a smart motorway along the M56 between Hale and Altrincham are to be shown to the public at two events this coming weekend.

Details about the project can be found online

The £62m project will convert the hard shoulder into an extra running lane in both directions between junction 6 and junction 8, and provide technology to improve traffic flows. Work is set to start in the new year with the smart motorway opening in spring 2020.

The information events will enable the public to have a look at the plans, see how the scheme will work in terms of traffic management and find out a bit more about how the smart motorway will operate.

Highways England project manager Clare Bond said: “Smart motorways are designed to improve journey times and make journeys more reliable and less frustrating – and this is an important investment to tackle congestion along one of the most important sections of the M56 helping to provide a link between the M6 and Manchester Airport and the city itself.”

The public information events are being held at the following locations and dates:

Friday 21 September, 2pm to 8pm: Marriott Hotel, Manchester Airport, Hale Road, Hale Barns, WA15 8XW

Saturday 22 September 10am to 3pm: St Peter’s Assembly Rooms, 136 Cecil Road, Hale, WA15 9NU

Details of the project can also be found here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.