Thursday, 25 August 2016

Apprenticeship Opportunities - Castle Park 14 September 2016

CWaC is organising a number of apprenticeship fairs over the next couple of weeks - one of which will be at Castle Park on 14 September between 4 and 6pm.

If you are a youngster looking to do something new and exciting this could be the opportunity you've been waiting for.

If you are an employer looking for apprentices you could use these events to attract new talented people.

If you want more information contact Zoe at:

A new Junction 11a on the M56?

Highways England are to hold a consultation event on  6 September between 10am and 8pm at Runcorn Linnets Football Club about proposals for a new junction 11a on the M56.  The proposed junction would be near the top of the hill where the West Coast Main Line crosses the motorway.

Seemingly there are at least two proposals under consideration for siting the junction - one roughly where the marker is on the map below and the other further south (closer to Frodsham). 

The aim of the junction is to make traffic flows easier onto the new Mersey Gateway bridge.

My initial thoughts on seeing these proposals are that this junction seems to be very close to Junction 12 - and on a stretch of motorway that is prone to lorries backing up as they climb the hill when heading east.  Also, as we know, this stretch of the motorway is vulnerable to blinding sunlight in the morning in the autumn and spring.  Too many junctions in close proximity can impede rather than assist traffic flowing.  However having traffic flowing freely onto the Mersey Gateway bridge does make a lot of sense.

Given that we are missing a junction 13 would this be an opportunity to renumber the junctions - so we don't have to use an 'a' - or are we all too superstitious for that?

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

M56 Jn12-14 closures planned to repair Weaver Viaduct

Highways England are planning to make repairs to the joints in the Weaver Viaduct and carry out resurfacing of that part of the Motorway.  This will mean the motorway will be closed whilst the works are carried out - however the aim at the moment is for the works to be carried out at night between 20:00 and 06:00.

 The dates for closures are currently

·         Friday 30th September
·         Monday 3rd October
·         Tuesday 4th October
·         Wednesday 5th October

Note - all closures will be in operation from 20:00 to 06:00
There may be a requirement to close the M56 on a further 2 occasions toward the end of August / early September but are waiting for further information from Highways England on these dates.

Two separate diversion routes will be signposted one will be for high sided vehicles.