Our consultation on the options for this scheme closed on 10 April, thank you to everyone who took part. We are now reviewing all comments.
You can still view all the consultation material on the consultation page.
We will look at all the responses and compile them into a consultation report summarising the feedback received. We will then refine the option designs, incorporating the comments provided where practicable and complete our assessment work.
We will then announce the preferred route for the junction in Spring 2017.
|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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