Warning to motorists ahead of several overnight closures on M6 near Wigan for ‘complete resurfacing’

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Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 8th July 2024

Motorists are being warned of several overnight closures set to take place on the M6 near Wigan over the next few weeks.

As part of its ongoing ‘Warrington to Wigan Upgrade’ project, National Highways has now released the latest dates for overnight closures on the M6 – which will begin early this week, and run over the next couple of weeks.

Having started back in March 2021, the upgrade project involves the Government-owned company adding new emergency areas and technology, and a lane in each direction to the motorway between junctions 21a and junction 26, as well as resurfacing all four lanes of the carriageway across sections of the route between Croft and Orrell interchanges.

These next closures will be put in place so that “complete resurfacing” work can be carried out.

Most daytime activities on the project have now been completed, according to National Highways, however, overnight work will still need to be carried out to continue the installing of gantry signs, other signs, and to resurface what will be the new lanes two and three of the motorway.


The overnight carriageway closures – which will be carried out from 9pm to 6am – are due to the size of the equipment required for the resurfacing.

The first closure will be put in place on the M6 northbound junction 23 to 26 this evening (8 July), with the final closure in the scheme being the M6 northbound junction 21a to 22 on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 July.


The full list of closures are as follows:

  • M6 northbound junction 23 to 26 – closed tonight (Monday 8 July) and Wednesday 17 July
  • M6 southbound junction 26 to 23 – closed Tuesday 9 July
  • M6 southbound junction 23 to 22 – closed Wednesday 10 and Friday 12 July
  • M6 northbound junction 22 to 23 – closed Thursday 11 and Tuesday 16 July
  • M6 southbound junction 22 to 21a – closed Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 July
  • M6 northbound junction 21a to 22 – closed Thursday 18 and Friday 19 July

National Highways says the precise dates and times of the work may be subject to change due to “weather conditions” or “unforeseen circumstances”.

Clearly signed diversions will be in place overnight when a carriageway is closed.


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More information, including details of the diversion routes, is available on the M6 upgrade project webpage here.

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