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M6 in Staffordshire to close for 18 hours as bridge is removed

The bridge, north of junction 13, was built in the early 1960s. Credit: Highways England

Drivers are being reminded that the M6 will be closed for up to 18 hours this weekend as work is carried out to dismantle a bridge stretching across the motorway.

Highways England is removing the bridge as part of a major project to upgrade the motorway in Staffordshire.

The M6 will be closed in both directions, between junctions 13 and 14 at Stafford, for up to 18 hours over the weekend of March 23 and 24 while work takes place to remove the Burton Bank Footbridge.

The bridge, north of junction 13, was built in the early 1960s. Due to the curved shape of the footbridge, there isn’t enough headroom for HGVs to travel under the bridge when the hard shoulder becomes a new running lane.

The footbridge is nearly 200ft (60m) in length and weighs around 140 tonnes. In total it contains enough concrete to fill some 20 tipper trucks.

This will be the second bridge removed as part of work to upgrade the motorway between junction 13 (Stafford) and junction 15 (Stoke-on-Trent) after Creswell Home Farm bridge, just north of junction 14, was demolished last year.

The motorway closure will start on Saturday (March 23) with significant lane restrictions from 5pm, leading into a full closure by 8pm. The motorway will reopen on Sunday (March 24) as soon as work allows.

Drivers are being warned to expect delays from 5pm and are advised to plan alternative routes while work takes place.