M56 new junction 11aRecently updated

Proposals for a new junction to link the M56 to the A533 at Runcorn, creating an improved link to the new Mersey Gateway bridge from the south.

Region:  North West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC

Progress report

Following the public consultation held earlier this year, we have analysed your feedback and have decided that our preferred route is Option B - converting Murdishaw roundabout into a signalised crossroad. For further information about how we’ve reached this decision you can read our:

  • preferred route announcement; this explains the process so far and how we‚Äôve reached our preferred route
  • consultation report summary; a summary of the report on public consultation, providing the key information you need to know
  • consultation report; the full technical analysis of the public consultation

You can view the reports and all the consultation material on the consultation page.

What next?

Now we’ve announced our preferred route, we will carry out surveys and investigations to allow us to design the scheme in more detail.

We currently expect work to start on site no later than March 2020.


Date Event
Dec 2014 Scheme announced in the Road Investment Strategy
January 2017 Launch of the public consultation on the options for the new junction 11a
February 2017 Public consultation closes
March 2020 Expected start of works

Why we need this scheme

We are planning a new junction between junctions 11 and 12 on the M56. The purpose of the additional junction is to create an improved link to the new Mersey Gateway Bridge from the south. The scheme was first announced in the government's Road Investment Strategy.

The new Mersey Gateway bridge represents a £2 billion investment with economic, transport and social benefits, including 4,640 new jobs, reduction in journey times of up to 10 minutes and improvements to public transport facilities.

The new M56 junction 11a will play a role in increasing the benefits of the Mersey Gateway, as well as providing better access locally to the M56.


These works will provide an improved link to the new Mersey Gateway bridge. This scheme is part of the Road Investment Strategy, which aims to:

  • provide a world-class strategic network
  • reduce congestion
  • support jobs and economic growth
  • improve road safety
  • minimise any negative impact on the environment

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M56 eastbound between junctions J11 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 26 April 2018 to 28 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 20, 2018, 12:10 pm
Location : The M56 westbound exit slip at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 April 2018 to 05:00 on 27 April 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 19, 2018, 8:10 pm


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