M6 road closures as new cat’s eyes installed

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Nearly 3,000 new cat’s eyes are to be installed on an eight mile stretch of the M6 between Lancashire and Cumbria, improving visibility for drivers.

The Highways England scheme between junction 34 at Lancaster and Burton Services is due to begin on Monday July 13 and should be completed by the end of the month.

New reflective road studs will be installed along the route and white lines will be repainted, making it easier for drivers to see the lane markings. Sections of the motorway will also be resurfaced, providing smoother journeys.

All of the work will be carried out overnight, between 8pm and 6am, when the motorway is at its quietest but some closures will be required, including the northbound carriageway for two nights at the start of the scheme.

Drivers will be able to follow clear-signed diversion routes.

Peter Gee, project manager at Highways England, said: “This scheme will result in smoother and safer journeys for drivers on the M6 as a result of the new cat’s eyes, lane markings and resurfacing.

“We need to close the northbound carriageway overnight for 2 nights from Monday to carry out the work safely, and there will be some slip road closures later in the week.

“When the project has been completed, drivers should find it much easier to drive along this stretch of motorway.”

The northbound side of the M6 will be closed overnight between junction 34 at Lancaster and junction 35 at Carnforth on Monday 13 and Tuesday July 14.

The northbound entry and exit slip roads at junction 35 will also be closed overnight on Wednesday July 15, and the southbound entry and exit slip roads at junction 35 will be closed overnight on Thursday July 16.

Some overnight lane closures will be in place during the rest of the scheme but the motorway will remain open as normal.