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Some news on progress on the M6 junction 16-19 (Crewe to Knutsford) smart motorway project:

Final stages

At 6am on Friday 8 March, M6 junction 18 (Middlewich) and junction 17 (Sandbach) became fully operational, with drivers able to travel at variable speeds up to the national speed limit.The 60mph speed restriction has now been lifted and this section is now complete.

Overhead electronic signs provide drivers with live information about their journeys, including changes in the speed limit, lane closures and incidents ahead.

The remaining link J16 (Crewe) to J17 (Sandbach) will be open to 4 new running lanes at 60mph next week.

The entire 18-mile upgrade is on schedule to be finished by the end of March, improving journeys for the 120,000 drivers who use the M6 every day.

What is left to complete?

The remaining work includes commissioning the new technology along the route and some landscaping work to the motorway verge.

What will happen when the smart motorway is complete?

When the smart motorway is complete, traffic sensors will automatically monitor the flow of traffic and adjust the speed limit accordingly, tackling the stop/start conditions and tailbacks caused by sudden braking. New CCTV cameras will provide 100% coverage of the route and allow Highways England’s traffic officers and the emergency services to respond quickly to incidents.

More details on the scheme are available at

Dan Cawthra, our contact with CLR contractors Graham, writes:

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC LIGHTS - A536 Macclesfield Road, Congleton

Works to take place between the hours of 9.30am – 3.30 pm

Start – 20th March 2019
Planned Completion – 21st March 2019

ROAD CLOSURE - Back Lane, Congleton between Radnor Hall Farm and Radnor Park Trading Estate

We will be carrying out road improvements along this stretch of Back Lane as part of the overall scheme.

Started - 28th January 2019
Planned Completion – 31 July 2019


  • There will be no access to through traffic along this section of Back Lane. Diversion signs will be in place
  • Access to the playing fields will be maintained via the Chelford Road End
  • Access to properties between Chelford Road and the closure will be maintained via Chelford Road
  • Access to Seddon Homes construction site will be via Holmes Chapel Road.

If you have any questions regarding the information enclosed, please contact us via

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