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Road works begin on M53 Merseyside

Drivers are being warned to expect delays on the M53 in Merseyside as road works begin. £2.8 million is being spent to make repairs at junction 2 Moreton, it's expected to be complete in 4 months.

The work includes renewing two new bridges which carry the junction slips roads over the main motorway carriageway. Drivers are being advised that the southbound exit and entry slip roads will close to all traffic for around 16 and 12 weeks respectively. The northbound slip roads will also need to be closed overnight at times and there will be at least two full weekend closures of the main motorway carriageway to allow the bridge structures to be removed and replaced safely. A 50mph speed limit and narrowed lanes will be in place in both directions.

Work will take place between 7am and 6pm each day with further occasional overnight work between 8pm and 5am when the junction will be closed to northbound as well as southbound traffic.

"We are delivering on a promise we made to local people to resolve the long-running issue and re-open the junction to all traffic and restore two lanes and the hard shoulder to the slip roads.

"Needless to say, there will be some disruption to journeys while we carry out the work but we have been working closely with partners like Wirral Council, Merseytravel and the police to agree timings and suitable diversion routes."

– Highways Agency's Louise Baxendale

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Traffic update - M65 Eastbound

Queueing traffic and road closed due to accident, two lorries involved on M65 Eastbound between J1 M6 ( Lostock Hall) and J2 M61 (Clayton Brook). One of the lorries is reported to have overturned. Affecting traffic towards the M61. Separate from the broken down vehicle on the opposite carriageway.

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Motorist dies in M62 crash at Heywood

A motorist has died in a crash on the M62.

The incident happened at about 3.25am today and emergency services were called to the westbound carriageway at junction 19 at Heywood and Middleton.

A Ford Mondeo had collided with an HGV. The driver of the Mondeo suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

No-one else was injured in the collision.

The westbound carriageway was fully closed while emergency services dealt with the scene but has now been re-opened.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741.

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