DRIVERS on the M56 are being warned to 'plan ahead' for overnight closures around Manchester Airport.

The closures will be in place in both directions between junction 6, Hale Four Seasons, and junction 7, for Bowden, on Monday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 21.

The closures will affect three lanes in each direction, with the carriageways fully closed on some sections of the route at times.

This will be implemented on both nights between 10pm and 5am the following morning.

The entry slip road will also be closed at junction six on both evenings.

National Highways will be installing a lighting column and carrying out drainage surveys.  

Project manager, Sajjad Ali, said: “We’re carrying out the work when traffic levels are at their lightest to minimise disruption.

However, if you are planning to travel in this area on those nights, it’s important to plan ahead and allow more time to get to your destinations.

“When full carriageway closures are in place, please follow the clearly signed diversions – and don’t rely on your satnavs. 

“We would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience while we complete this work.

“All work is subject to weather and may be rescheduled in poor conditions. Any further updates will be shared on the National Highways – North West web page and via our X (Twitter) feed, @HighwaysNWEST.

“The National Highways customer contact centre is also available at 0300 123 5000 or email”