Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
5:49 PM 19th February 2021

Cumbria/North Lancashire Roadworks Monday 22 To Sunday 7 March 2021

The following summary of planned new and ongoing roadworks over the coming fortnight is correct as of Friday 19 February 2021 but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Drivers looking for roadworks information (such as overnight carriageway closures) for individual schemes should now visit Some of the larger schemes have project pages giving other information. These can now be accessed from a dedicated regional page:

A full list of roadworks involving carriageway closures is also Tweeted each Monday via the regional Twitter feed @highwaysNWest.

Roadworks affect all journeys which is why it is important they are completed as quickly as possible.

M6 between junctions 32 and 33

Work at Hardman’s Wood bridge is set to take two weeks from Friday 5 March with a 40mph speed limit in place under the bridge for safety purposes whilst a new protective concrete barrier is installed in the southbound hard shoulder under the bridge – providing extra protection for the bridge from vehicle strikes. An overnight closure of the southbound carriageway will be in place from 9pm on Saturday 13 March to 5am Sunday 14 March 2021.

M6 junction 33 to junction 32 (resurfacing)

Small scale resurfacing is taking place along sections of the southbound M6 between junction 33 and junction 32 next week with the southbound carriageway closed overnight – between 8pm and 5am – next Friday night (26 February). A diversion will operate along the southbound A6 and eastbound M55 from junction 1.

M6 junction 36 to junction 35 (resurfacing)

Small scale resurfacing is taking place along sections of the southbound M6 between junction 36 and junction 35 next week with the southbound carriageway closed overnight – between 8pm and 5am – next Thursday night (25 February). A diversion will operate along the westbound A590, southbound A6 and eastbound A601(M).

M6 between junctions 41 and 42

A five-week maintenance project focusing on the pedestrian bridge linking the northbound and southbound motorway service areas started in January and is due to be completed by Thursday (25 February). Works are taking place on both sides of the carriageway and will be carried out under lane closures and a 50mph to 40mph stepped speed restriction. The will be no overtaking for vehicles over two metres wide. The footbridge will remain open at all times but there will be occasional overnight closures of the service area slip roads.

M6 between junctions 42 and 43

Highways England are renewing the central reservation safety barrier of the motorway in a 12-week project which started in January. Traffic management includes narrow lane running, a temporary barrier and a 50mph speed limit. Highways England will also be taking the opportunity of round-the-clock lane closures and some 8pm to 6am overnight carriageway closures to add extra protection to bridge supports along the motorway.

M55 junctions 1 to 3

Narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit are now in place along a short stretch of the motorway where a new junction (junction 2) is being constructed as part of Lancashire County Council’s Preston Western Distributor road project. More information is available here:

A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool improvement

Work to deliver a £150 million new bypass and junction improvements is now underway. The first major construction phase for the project is now underway with work at Skippool and Skippool Bridge junctions where we are dualling a short section of the existing single carriageway A585 and replacing the existing roundabout with a signalised crossroads. Narrow lanes and a speed reduction will be in place. We’ve also started work away from the A585 to construct the new Poulton junction which will form part of the new bypass. Anyone interested in the project can visit the project webpage at

A590 Newby Bridge

As part of the £8 million programme of work along the route this financial year Highways England started 8pm to 6am overnight work on an important safety scheme at Newby Bridge which is due to be completed by Friday (26 February). The £150,000 project involves stopping drivers turning right onto the westbound A590 from Lakeside (the junction near the Swan Hotel). The junction improvements will entail widening the carriageway, installing a new traffic island and signs, and replacing the road markings. Temporary three-way traffic signals are in place during the work (weekdays only).

A590 Cross-a-Moor

Work at the site has now been paused with plans to clear vegetation in preparation for the construction the new £7 million roundabout and link roads with Main Road and Pennington Lane moved from February/March to the autumn. The main construction work is still scheduled to take place within the 2021 to 2022 financial year.