Planned M6 Closure Set To Disrupt Returning Students


Planned works to remove Nans Nook footbridge between junctions 32 and 33 on the M6 will see the section of the motorway between Preston and Forton close between 9pm on Friday 10th January until 5am on Monday 13th January 2020.

With Lent term beginning on Monday 13th January at Lancaster University, the planned works are likely to impact students returning to Lancaster after the Christmas vacation period.

The plans were first confirmed on Twitter by a Highways England spokesperson:

The junctions closed over this period are indicated on the maps below:

The statement from Highways England lays out their plans:

Work to remove Nans Nook footbridge is due to start. The bridge located just south of Lancaster Motorway Services carries Wyre Way over the M6 between junctions 32 and 33. 

For operational purposes, it is necessary to remove the footbridge. We are working with Lancashire County Council to put in place an alternative safe and convenient permanent route for pedestrians wishing to cross the M6. There will be further consultation on this in due course.

The work will be delivered in three phases. Please see below a breakdown of each phase and how we propose to deliver them:

Phase one – Site preparation work

The site preparation work will include vegetation clearance and barrier removal. This is due to start on or shortly after 6th January 2020 for approximately four nights. This will take place between the hours of 9pm and 5am. For safety purposes, overnight lane closures will be in place on the M6 at Forton Services during the dates and times stated above.

Phase two – Removal of Nans Nook footbridge

Work to remove the footbridge will then begin once the site preparation work is complete. For safety purposes, a full weekend closure will be in place on the M6 between junctions 32 and 33 from 9pm Friday 10th January to 5am Monday 13th January 2020. Associated slip road closures will also be required, and localised signed diversion routes will be in place. Please note that the footbridge will be closed for access from Wednesday 8th January 2020.

Phase three – Reinstatement work

Once the footbridge has been removed, work to resurface the hard shoulder on the M6 will then take place from 13th January 2020 for approximately one week. This will be carried out between the hours of 9pm and 5am.

For safety purposes, lane closures will be in place on both sides of the carriageway on the M6 between junctions 32 and 33.

Please note that as our work is subject to weather conditions, there is a possibility our work could be cancelled at short notice. On that basis, we have a number of weekend contingency dates booked in January 2020. We will of course keep you updated throughout the process

This is an ongoing story.

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