A556 Bucklow Hill safety scheme
Work to reduce congestion and boost safety at the A556 Bucklow Hill will start september 2006
United Kingdom – The Highways Agency will work to cut congestion and boost safety at the A556 Bucklow Hill. This GBP 1.5 million scheme will see the installation of ‘intelligent’ traffic lights and low-noise surfacing.
The original design for the junction – known as a ‘G Turn’ because it resembles the letter – was dropped after speed limit reductions improved the safety record in this area, making it difficult to justify the expenditure and the required land.
The draft orders for the original scheme have now been withdrawn and the public inquiry, postponed in January 2006, has been cancelled.
No additional land will be needed for the new safety improvements.
"Safety measures introduced have already improved the accident record on the A556, but these new proposals will further enhance the safety, congestion and journey time reliability," said Agency project manager Paul Elliott.
Work on the scheme will be carried out between September 2006 and March 2007, with detailed planning still taking place to ensure that the programme for all proposed activity on the A556 keeps delays for road users to a minimum.
Road users should also note that the link road between the M56 at Junction 7 and the A556 south bound will remain restricted to one lane throughout this period while options for strengthening Bowdon View Bridge are developed.