Highways England starts making the connections for A556


The first bridge crossing over Cheshire's new A556 link road will open this weekend as the project enters its final construction phase - due for completion in spring 2017.

Construction of the A556

Being built in sections to keep existing transverse routes open, the new dual-carriageway A556 will deliver faster connections between the M6 and M56, south of Greater Manchester, when all four of the new bridges are in place.

These lie parallel to the existing A50 and local roads, which are being realigned to make use of them and so enable the new A556 to work as an uninterrupted route.

The scheme, running between Bowdon and Knutsford, is being delivered by Highways England as part of the Government's £15bn investment in motorways and major A roads to 2021.

Highways England project manager Paul Hampson said: 'We've worked hard to keep open roads which cross the path of the new A556. This weekend's work is an important milestone ensuring we can now start to connect the different sections of the A556 from end to end with the minimum of fuss.

'We appreciate that having temporary traffic lights and full overnight closures of the A50 will create some inconvenience and we’d like to thank local people and other road users for their continued patience and support as we work to complete this important new link between the M56 and M6.'

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