The preferred option for the M6 junction 19 improvement, as determined through public consultation, is the construction of a new bridge across the middle of the roundabout where the motorway meets the A556.
The improvements will involve significant construction in the middle of the roundabout over the existing M6 motorway carriageways. This will provide dedicated link roads between the northbound M6 and the new northbound A556 Knutsford to Bowdon dual carriageway as well as the southbound M6 onto the local southbound A556 towards Northwich.
This ‘Option A’ idea received the backing of three quarters of the people responding to last summer’s month-long consultation, as well as Cheshire East and Tabley councils. Highways England is now taking this plan forward in its preferred route announcement (PRA) for the improvements
The scheme also involves widening lanes on the existing roundabout to increase capacity, including on the bridges over the M6.
Further work to refine the idea will now take place but construction work could start as soon as March 2019 but by March 2020 at the latest, Highways England said.
The reports setting out the preferred route announcement and detailing the responses to last summer’s consultation can be found at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/m6-junction-19-improvement-scheme-options