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M60 J8-12 Managed Motorway 13 January 2012

Introduction of dynamic hard shoulder running (use of the hard shoulder as an extra lane during busy periods) on the M60 between junctions 8 and 12 (Eccles Interchange), with the aim of reducing congestion.

In order to keep costs down, and obviate the need for additional land, parts of the scheme will include narrow lanes. The completed section will be subject to a reduced speed limit.

This scheme was cancelled in favour of a larger scheme to upgrade a larger length of the M60 to Smart Motorway.

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M56 J7 Bowden View Bridge Replacement 22 July 2011

This scheme was brought forward by several months in June 2009 when a survey of the bridge showed unexpected cracks and faults. It has been closed to traffic permanently and will not reopen until 2010 when the new bridge is in place.

There was to be no westbound exit from the M56 here and therefore no access from Manchester to the south via M56. A signed diversion was also place on the M62 and M6. The opposite journey, from the south to Manchester, remained open as usual.

The existing bridge has however been re-opened as a single lane pending the new works.

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A57 Mottram - Tintwistle Bypass 2 July 2011

Construction of a new partially dual-two lane bypass for the towns of Mottram in Longdendale, Hollingworth and Tintwistle. The route will carry the A57 and A628, carrying Trans-Pennine traffic between Sheffield and Manchester, and can be considered a direct extension of the M67. The route will not be grade-separated.

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A34 Alderley Edge Bypass 23 November 2010

Construction of a new single carriageway road between the southern terminus of the A34 Wilmslow Bypass and the A34 south of Nether Alderley to carry through A34 traffic around the village. The road will terminate on the A34 at a roundabout, with no other access points proposed.

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M6 Junction 32 Improvement 12 June 2010

Widening of the southbound carriageway of the M6 to provide three full lanes through Junction 32, which has been a severe bottleneck for many years. The widening will not replace the existing structures, leaving an intermittent hard shoulder through the junction.

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A5117 Deeside Park Junctions 16 June 2009

Upgrade of the current at-grade junctions on the A5117 between the M56 and the Welsh border with grade-separated interchanges. The route forms part of the strategic Manchester to North Wales trunk route and as such is now heavily congested. The works complement upgrade works being carried out on the Welsh side of the border, but are not as extensive. In Wales the route is being widened to dual-four lane road with hard shoulders.

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A5225 Wigan Gateway 24 December 2008

Construction of a new route around the south of Wigan, commencing at the existing Orrell Interchange (connecting the M58 and M6) as a dual-two lane road with grade separated junctions. North of Ince-in-Makerfield the route narrows to single-carriageway, but with provision for a future upgrade to dual carriageway. It will terminate on the A579 between Leigh and Atherton.

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A595 Parton - Lillyhall Improvement 17 December 2008

Formerly called the Howgate and Distington Bypass. Involves construction of a new dual-two lane road for 2.5 miles, bypassing the towns of Howgate and Distington. The borough where the scheme is located is currently the only one in England without a section of dual carriageway - when this scheme is finished, every English borough will have at least one piece of dualled road.

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M62 J6 Improvement 14 December 2008

Construction of new free-flow sliproads at the interchange of the M62 and M57 to alleviate congestion on the major turning movements, currently catered for by a roundabout. The new links will include a south-to-east link, requiring the realignment of a local road that currently uses the junction, and a 270-degree loop west-to-north, passing over and under existing sliproads.

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M6 Carlisle - Gretna 7 December 2008

Upgrade of the existing A74 dual carriageway between the terminus of the M6 at Greymoorhill to the Scottish Border, where the A74(M) commences, to dual three-lane plus hard shoulder motorway standard, including the replacement of a railway bridge and construction of a new parallel service road.

It will close the "Cumberland Gap" where six miles of sub-standard dual carriageway connects two modern three lane motorways.

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A590 Ayside Bypass 26 October 2008

Construction of a new dual carriageway to realign the A590 away from Ayside, High Newton and Low Newton. Consideration will also be given to full dualling of the A590 from Lindale to Barrow.

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A66 Temple Sowerby Bypass 26 October 2008

Construction of a new bypass to dual-two lane standard to the south of Temple Sowerby as part of the ongoing works to complete dualling of the A66 route between Scotch Corner and Penrith. Compact grade-separated junctions will be provided at each end of the new bypass.

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M60 Widening J5-8 26 October 2008

Widening of the M60 between junctions 5 and 8, to include dual-three lane main carriageways and dual-two lane carriageways alongside. The two-lane carriageways will access junctions, while the three-lane ones will pass through from 5 to 8 without entry or exit points. Junctions 5 and 7 will be remodelled and the A6144(M) will lose motorway status as part of the works.

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M57 J7 Switch Island 26 October 2008

Works on the notorious Switch Island interchange to improve capacity and provide for a potential new connection. The Highways Agency is billing this scheme as a large-scale improvement but it is seen by many as small-scale fiddling.

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M62 J8 Burtonwood 13 October 2008

Construction of a new roundabout interchange at Burtonwood, Lancashire, to allow access to the A574 and the development area in the north-west of Warrington. It coincides with the construction of a new link road to the Omega Employment Area. The scheme includes upgrade of the M62 between junctions 8 and 9 to dual four lane standard.

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Harry Yeadon 23 June 2006

A civil engineer, working principally in the North West of England, responsible for many of the area's motorways.

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