Plan airport journey carefully

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Manchester Airport-bound drivers are being urged to leave extra time for journeys when the M56 is closed for the whole weekend at the end of the month.

A new bridge is being installed between junction 6 at Hale and junction 5 at Manchester Airport with the motorway totally closed in both directions between these junctions between 10pm on Friday, February 27 and 5am on Monday, March 2.

People from Lancashire or Cumbria heading towards Manchester Airport are being urged to avoid joining the eastbound M56 from the M6 and instead use the westbound M56 via the M62 and M60 south of Manchester.

Anyone approaching the airport from the westbound M56 will still be able to get to the airport from junction 5.