Jam-busting improvements for A556 UK
Improvements to reduce congestion on the A556 in Cheshire are to begin next month.
A GBP 7 million package of improvements is being launched on the A556 in Cheshire to reduce congestion, improve safety and make journey times more reliable.
This is part of an initiative established by ministers to reduce congestion on some of the country’s busiest routes.
The A556 is the primary route between the M6 and M56 and is used by over 50,000 vehicles a day.
Improvements include the installation of ‘intelligent’ traffic signals at Bucklow Hill, the Bowdon Island roundabout, the M6 Junction 19 roundabout and the Mere junction and a major resurfacing project around Tabley.
In addition, the Mere junction with the A550 will also see new yellow box markings, with CCTV cameras being installed along the A556 to aid traffic management.
"This is a major investment by the Highways Agency to tackle journey time reliability and safety on what is acknowledged to be a heavily congested route. This investment will help to alleviate traffic congestion in the short term while a long term solution is developed," said Highways Agency project manager Paul Elliott.
"A programme for the delivery of these schemes is being finalised, but road users can be assured that every effort will be taken to keep delays to a minimum, with the work being carried out overnight wherever possible."
‘Intelligent’ traffic lights set the sequence of the lights to optimise traffic flow through junctions to reduce delays and enhance safety.
Work on all the schemes will be carried out between September 2006 and March 2007, with detailed planning still taking place to ensure that the programme 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 southbound will remain restricted to one lane throughout this period while options for strengthening the Bowdon View Bridge are developed.
Work is also continuing on a £100 million project to improve the whole of the route to dual carriageway status, which was one of the schemes included in the recent ten-year plan for improvements across the north-west.
Consultants are currently drawing up detailed proposals for the project, which will go on public show as part of a consultation exercise early in 2007.