MOTORISTS who use the A556 and Bowdon roundabout will be facing five weeks of overnight closures after the Easter holidays.

Work on Highways England’s new £192 million A556 link road will require overnight closures along the existing route and Bowdon roundabout from Tuesday March 29.

The project, to build a 4.5 mile new dual carriageway between Knutsford and Bowdon, is entering a new phase with re-routing of utility services around Bowdon roundabout and traffic management re-alignment along the existing A556 between the roundabout and Bucklow Hill.

From Tuesday, the roads will close from 9pm and 5am each night - except Friday nights, when closures will begin at 9pm but end at 6am. No closures are planned on Saturday or Sunday nights.

Highways England project manager Jonathan Stokes said: “This is a planned phase of work on this important project and we’ve worked closely with the companies providing water, electricity, broadband and other services so we can do the re-routing in one go to minimise disruption to drivers.

“Needless to say, we’re advising anyone travelling overnight to check what work we’re planning before setting out and leave some extra time for journeys – especially if they are heading to Manchester Airport via the A556.”

On different nights the overnight closures will affect the A556, slip roads for the M56 and parts of the A56 at the roundabout.

Full details and diversion information for work on specific dates will be published on the project website at