M56 closed near airport during busiest holiday period

Drivers across the North West are being reminded that the M56 has closed near Manchester Airport this weekend as the Highways Agency demolishes a bridge as part of its £5.5m pinch point improvement in the area.

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Clean up work continues on M56 after bridge demolished

Clean up on the motorway continues Credit: Highways Agency

Work is continuing on the M56 after the demolition of the Manchester Airport spur bridge over the motorway.

Diggers and bulldozers moved in on Saturday morning, tearing down the bridge.

Diggers begin tearing down the bridge Credit: Highways Agency

The Highways Agency has tweeted updates regularly, including this of the bridge clean up.

For information on the closures of the motorway and how travel to Manchester Airport is affected, click here.

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Crash in Hale Barns forces extension of M56 closure

Police are advising motorists to avoid the A538 Hale Road after a crash.

A statement from Greater Manchester Police said:

"GMP is advising that motorists avoid the A538 Hale Road following a serious RTC.

Hale Road is closed both ways at the junction with Brooks Drive and is likely to remain so until at least 1pm.

Motorists, especially those hoping to travel to the airport, are advised to avoid the area if at all possible."

The aftermath of the crash was captured by Ellis Ashely onTwitter.

M56 closure extended and diversion changed after accident

The closure of the M56 has been extended after a crash on the A538 Hale Road.

The Highways Agency say: "The M56 is closed in both directions J5 - J6, all weekend, for planned works. The diversion route has changed due to a very serious incident on the A538 (Hale Road) approaching Altrincham.

Traffic is now encouraged to divert at J7 of the M56, via the A56 and A560, rejoining the M56 at J3, near Wythenshawe."

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