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Travel - M56, Cheshire

In Cheshire there are reports that the M56 Eastbound lane is blocked on the exit slip road due to an accident at Junction 9 on the M6 (Lymm Interchange). That is said to be affecting traffic heading from the M56 onto the M6 towards the Thelwall Viaduct

Ideas wanted for Lancashire landmark

A competition has been launched to find designs for the redevelopment of Preston's famous bus station. Lancashire County Council wants to create a new youth zone and public space on the site.

The bus station was granted Grade II listed status in 2013 Credit: Lancashire County Council

The plans will lead to an investment of around £13m while always seeking to preserve the building's Grade II listed architecture.

It's important that we protect the integrity of this listed building, while creating an exciting new facility for generations of our young people."

– Jennifer Mein, Leader, Lancashire County Council


Drivers warned about motorway closure at airport

Credit: pa

Drivers heading for Manchester Airport are being urged to leave extra time for journeys when the M56 is closed for the whole weekend at the end of February. The Highways Agency says a new bridge is being installed between junction 6 at Hale and junction 5 at Manchester Airport. It means the total closure of the motorway in both directions between these junctions between 10pm on Friday 27 February and 5am on Monday 2 March.

“It is vital for everyone to understand you should only be using this part of the M56 over this particular weekend if you are travelling to the airport – and you should leave extra time to get to the airport to make your flight.

– Mark Mosley, Highways Agency
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Disruption to trains between Carlisle and Lancaster

A broken down train is causing disruption between Carlisle and Lancaster Credit: PA

There is currently disruption to Virgin Trains between Carlisle and Lancaster due to a train that has broken down between Penrith and Oxenholme.

The broken down train may cause delays of up to an hour, and some alterations to travel plans.

The disruption, which is expected to last until at least 1.30pm, is also affecting First Transpennine Express.


Lorry spills load of Red Bull on M6

It's advertised as giving you wings, but this lorry has caused delays for motorists on the M6 after shedding it's load of the energy drink Red Bull.

The lorry on the M6 southbound Credit: North West Motorway Police

The North West Motorway Police on twitter advised motorists to avoid the area, and that the HGV was being recovered.

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