Roadworks update for the North West: All major works from July 20 to July 26

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of July 17 but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances
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M6 bridge painting junction 31 to junction 32

Overnight - 9pm to 5am - maintenance, including re-painting, of two bridges between junction 31 and junction 32 of the M6 started in June and is continuing. Work at Grange bridge has now finished with work Hollins bridge started last week. Both the northbound and southbound carriageways are reduced to one lane in each direction in the bridge location with a 50mph speed limit in place.

M6 junctions 36 to 43 and A66 and A595

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Major roadworks for the week ahead

A £3m rolling programme of work to renew road markings and road studs along sections of the M6, A66 and A595 in Cumbria started in May and will last until September. The work will focus on sections of the M6 between Kendal and Carlisle, the A66 west of Cockermouth and along the A595 between Distington and Thornhill. Some overnight – 8pm to 6am - lane or slip road closures and off-peak or use of temporary traffic lights will be used.

M6 junction 38 to 39

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On July 16 the Highways Agency started a nine-week, £1.8m project to resurface the whole of the northbound carriageway between Tebay services and junction 39 at Shap. The work includes the replacement of road markings, road studs and drainage gullies. As the work moves along the carriageway in phases, short sections will require round-the-clock lane closures and a 50mph speed limit. Some overnight slip road closures will also be needed when the work is passing Tebay services, junction 38 and junction 39. No work will be taking place over the late summer bank holiday.

M6 southbound from Junction 42

A short, £500,000 project started on July 12 to repair a section of the motorway carriageway north of Southwaite services. The southbound carriageway will be closed from 10pm to 6am a week on Sunday, July 26 between junction 42 and junction 41 to remove traffic management.

M6 junction 43 Eden Bridge

A £2m, three-month project to resurface sections of the northbound and southbound motorway carriageways around junction 43 and carry out bridge maintenance at the junction – replacing some 40 bridge joints - started in April. The work requires occasional overnight closures of the slip roads at junction 43 with clearly-signed motorway diversions in place.

M55 junctions 1 to 3

Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit are now in place along a short stretch of the motorway where a new junction (junction 2) is being constructed as part of Lancashire County Council’s Preston Western Distributor road project. More information is available here:

M65 junction 7 to junction 10

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The Highways Agency has been doing some major work in the central reservation between junction 7 and junction 10 since February and is now entering the final phase which should see the scheme finish this month. The Highways Agency is currently working between junction 9 and junction 10 and has moved from daytime lane closures to working solely overnight.

A6/A6070 Borwick (preparation for A590 work)

On July 13 the Highways Agency started three weeks of work on the local authority road network – at Burton roundabout west of the M6 near Borwick. Lane closures and a speed reduction will be in place around the clock. The work involves adjusting the junction between the A6 and A6070 so it can accommodate an occasional and emergency overnight diversion route for major resurfacing along the A590 between the M6 at junction 36 and Brettargh Holt roundabout which is taking place later this year.

A66 Temple Sowerby bypass

A £2m project to resurface the whole of the bypass and associated slip roads started on June 14 and will now be completed a week earlier than planned. The A66 will remain open at all times with a 40mph contraflow system in place until Wednesday, July 22. Slip road closures are in place alongside the contraflow system - with clearly-signed local diversions. Between Wednesday, July 22 and Friday, July 31 overnight – 8pm to 6am – work will be taking place to remove all the traffic management including the contraflow system along the A66. During the overnight period there will be times when drivers will be held at traffic lights and led past the roadworks in convoy.

A585 Norcross junction

This project to transform the junction and provide safer, smoother and more reliable journeys was completed and opened to traffic last month. Work to remove the construction compound, provide landscaping and assess the operation of the new traffic signals is continuing.

A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool improvement

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Permission for this project to proceed was granted in April. The project includes construction of a bypass plus improvements to the junctions at Windy Harbour and Skippool. Information on traffic management likely to affect road users’ journeys will be included in this bulletin. In the meantime, anyone interested in the project can visit the project webpage at

A590, A585 and M6 (Forton to Junction 34)

A £1m rolling programme of overnight work to renew road markings and road studs along sections of the A590, A585 and M6 in Cumbria and Lancashire is taking place until September. The work will focus on sections of the A590 between Dalton-in-Furness and Brettargh Holt Roundabout, the A585 between Eros Roundabout and Little Singleton and along the M6 between Forton and Lancaster. Some overnight road, lane or slip road closures and or temporary traffic signals will be used. Upcoming work includes the A590 between A592 and Cartmel Lane with a full closure of the road overnight on Wednesday and Thursday (July 22 and 23). There will also be an overnight closure of the A590 between Askam Road and Ulverston Road roundabout on Monday, July 27.

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