A LIST has been published of all of the upcoming closures scheduled for the M6 in the area over the next month – including tonight, Monday.

National Highways has confirmed its latest closure information for April in relation to sections of the motorway under roadworks.

The section in question is between junction 21a for Croft and 26 for Orrell.

It has already been confirmed that National Highways will spend £9million to restore carriageways from Warrington through Haydock and up to Orrell.

Drivers have frequently raised issues with the condition of the road surface, which falls in a section of motorway already under roadworks.

It was announced in December that work to ‘upgrade’ the stretch of highway to a so-called ‘smart motorway’ would run at least a year behind schedule, with original plans for it to be complete by spring this year.

A National Highways spokesman said: “We are busy adding extra emergency areas, new technology and a lane in each direction to the motorway between junctions 21a and 26.

“We are also resurfacing all four lanes of the upgraded carriageway across long sections of the route between Croft and Orrell interchanges before the work is completed next spring.

“Due to the size of the equipment required for the resurfacing, there will be a series of overnight carriageway closures over the next few weeks, with resurfacing work resuming after the Easter break.

“The resurfacing is being aligned with other work taking place as part of the scheme, meaning fewer road closures and less disruption for drivers and residents, and no requirement for additional overnight closures for resurfacing after the upgraded motorway has opened.”

Here are the latest overnight closures, from 9pm to 6am, relating to the M6 upgrade between junctions 21a and 26, with all dates inclusive.

  • Northbound between junctions 21a and 22 – closed Friday, April 19; Monday, April 22; Tuesday April 23; and Wednesday to Friday, May 1 to 3.
  • Northbound between junctions 22 and 23 – closed Wednesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 18
  • Northbound between junctions 23 and 26 – closed tonight, Monday, April 15; and tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16.
  • Southbound between junctions 22 and 21a – closed Wednesday; April 17; Thursday, April 18; Friday, April 26; and Monday, April 29.
  • Southbound between junctions 23 and 22 – closed Friday, April 19; Monday to Thursday, April 22 to 25; and Tuesday, April 30.
  • Southbound between  junctions 26 and 23 – closed Thursday, April 25, and Friday, May 3.

There will be further overnight closures in May and June, with more information released nearer the time.

The precise dates and times of the work may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Clearly-signed diversions will be in place overnight when a carriageway is closed.