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Bury to Accrington A56 roadworks: £585,000 makeover on key Manchester commuter route between M65 and M66

By Gabriella Swirling

A six week programme of overnight repairs along the A56 in Lancashire will begin later this month, the Highways Agency confirmed today.

The £585,000 worth of improvements will take in the nine mile route between the M66 near Bury and the M65 at Accrington and will be phased in from Friday August 17 to be completed by Sunday September 30.

To minimise inconvenience, work will be signposted and will only take place at night between 10pm and 5am on weekdays and 10pm to 7am on weekends. 

“This is an important programme of maintenance to ensure that drivers can continue to enjoy safe, smooth and reliable journeys along this key link between the M65 and M66,” said Highways Agency project sponsor Jakub Malaj.

Improvements to the key commuter route, which takes in Edenfield, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall, include resurfacing to repair potholes and cracking, the upgrading of road markings, renewal of road studs but only some renewal of lighting and surface re-texturing.

Mr Malaj continued: “The work will extend the life of the carriageway and provide smoother, safer conditions for road users by repairing potholes and improving visibility, road markings and skid resistance.”

He added that with light overnight traffic flow, the Agency was not anticipating significant delays but encouraged drivers to plan journeys and leave extra time if they are travelling overnight.

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