Holidaymakers urged to ‘carefully’ plan Manchester Airport journeys after M56 closure incident

Officers were called to reports of a concern for welfare of a woman.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 31st July 2023

Holidaymakers travelling to Manchester Airport today are being advised to “carefully” plan their journeys and expect potential delays.

It comes after a section of the M56 was closed during the early hours of this morning.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explained in a statement that at around 2:40am this morning (31 July), officers were called to reports of concern for the welfare of a woman on the M56 near the Junction 5 slip road – which is on the way to Manchester Airport‘s Terminal Two.

Once police arrived, a scene was put in place and that section of the motorway was closed while officers carried out their necessary response.

Long queues and standstill traffic was subsequently seen building up.


When GMP first provided an update on the situation, it advised that anyone travelling to Manchester Airport this morning should look to “plan their journey carefully” and preferably “find an alternative route” which avoids that section of the motorway.

A statement issued by GMP just before 4am (3:55am) this morning reads: “At around 2:40am this morning (Monday 31 July 2023), officers were called to reports of concern for welfare of a woman on the M56, near the Junction 5 slip road to Manchester Airport Terminal Two.


“There is a scene in place and this part of the motorway is currently closed whilst officers carry out their response.”

Although now, it has been confirmed that the M56 exit has reopened.

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As the build-up of traffic continues to clear through the morning, motorists are still being told to prepare for potential delays.


Allowing additional time for journeys to avoid disappointment is advised.

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