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M6

Junction 19 improvement scheme


Preferred route announcement

June 2017
M6 junction 19 improvement scheme – Preferred route announcement

Introduction Public consultation


The M6 junction 19 improvement scheme is part We held a public consultation in summer 2016
of our programme of investment in the strategic which presented two options for improving the
road network in this area of Cheshire in support of junction:
the Northern Powerhouse growth agenda for the
 Option A – provides a double cut through
region. The scheme is vital in reducing congestion
linking those leaving the M6 northbound to
for the future, improving safety and journey
the northbound A556 and those leaving the
time reliability for all road users and increasing
M6 southbound to the A556 southbound.
connectivity between local areas. This scheme
All other links would use the existing
builds on other investment in the area, such as the
roundabout.
M6 Smart Motorway scheme which is currently
being built and the A556 Knutsford to Bowdon  Option B – provides a segregated lane
improvement scheme, which recently opened to between the A556 northbound and the
traffic. M6 northbound, as well as wider lanes on
the existing roundabout. This option would
Why is the scheme needed? need a third lane to be added to the A556
northbound exit.
Junction 19 on the M6 is currently at capacity with
delays at the junction during busy peak times. We We held two public exhibition events for local
need more capacity if the junction is to continue to residents and stakeholders where we provided
meet our objective of providing a safe, free-flowing more information about the proposals and
and accessible network. welcomed their input.

The scheme’s objectives


Responses to public consultation
Making improvements to the junction will lead to a
We received 98 responses to the consultation.
number of benefits. The scheme will:
More than three-quarters (75 out of 98) preferred
 reduce congestion immediately and in the Option A. Respondents felt this option provided a
future; better solution for both current and future amounts
of traffic using the junction. Further comments
 improve safety and journey time reliability;
suggested that Option B was less popular
 provide better links between local areas; because it moved the road closer to residents
in Holly Grove and involved removing some of
 improve access to the M56 and Manchester
the trees near the Windmill Inn. As a result we
Airport;
developed a new option - Option B Amended,
 contribute to economic growth along the M6 which is the same as Option B except there is no
corridor in Cheshire and Lancashire; provision of the segregated left hand lane between
the A556 northbound and the M6 northbound.
 improve access to key employment locations
such as Airport City; We assessed the three Options (A, B and B
Amended). While Option A was more expensive it
 improve access to Crewe and Mid-Cheshire;
also reduced congestion at the junction for longer
and
than Options B or B Amended.
 enhance the capacity of the Strategic Road
Network.

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M6 junction 19 improvement scheme – Preferred route announcement

Comments from the local council


As part of the consultation process, we received Both councils stated their preference for Option A.
responses from Cheshire East Council (the local It was indicated that Option A would be a better
authority) and Tabley Parish Council (representing long term solution and safer for road users.
the local community at M6 junction 19).

Preferred Option A

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Rejected options

Rejected Option B
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the A556 northbound to the M6 Tabley Hill Lane / Pickmere Lane
northbound with a raised island junction. M6
separating it from the roundabout.
A556
Burnthouse Farm
DIAGRAMMATIC

Rejected Option B Amended


(the same as Option B except there is no provision of the segregated
left hand lane between the A556 northbound and the M6 northbound.)

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Improvements to local access


for walkers, cyclists and horse
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M6 junction 19 improvement scheme – Preferred route announcement

Preferred route announcement


We have chosen Option A for improving Junction 19 of the M6. Although Option A is more expensive
than Option B, it will provide extra capacity at the junction that will accommodate growth further into
the future. Option A ensures that this key junction will be able to manage traffic flows from both the new
A556 and the M6 Smart Motorways projects once complete.

The proposed Options B and B Amended did not solve congestion problems at the junction for the
same length of time. This would have meant that we would need to return to the junction to make further
improvements in the future.

Next steps
The timeline below shows what will happen at each stage of the scheme. We are currently at the end
of Stage 2 – Option Selection, which concludes with this preferred route announcement. Now we’ve
announced our preferred route, we will carry out surveys and investigations to allow us to design the
scheme in more detail. Local events will be held over autumn 2017, where we will share the final design
of the scheme and discuss construction prior to starting.

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

Options Development Construction

1 2 3 4 5
Construction
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Option Option Preliminary Construction commissioning
identification selection design preparation Close out
and handover

Options for Local events Local events Road


public consultation to share to discuss opened
final design construction
with affected
people

Project Preferred route Commitment Close out


initiated announcement to construct
Spring 2017 2020

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Further information
Information about the project is available online at
www.highways.gov.uk/M6-Junction19 and you can receive
updates about the scheme by signing up for our newsletter
on the same page.

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Email: M6Junction19Improvement@highwaysengland.co.uk

Telephone: 0300 123 5000


(9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday)

Website: www.highways.gov.uk/M6-Junction19

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M6 J19 Project Team,
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Highways England,
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Manchester M1 2WD
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