M56 J7 Bowden View Bridge Replacement

Scheme outline

This scheme was brought forward by several months in June 2009 when a survey of the bridge showed unexpected cracks and faults. It has been closed to traffic permanently and will not reopen until 2010 when the new bridge is in place.

There was to be no westbound exit from the M56 here and therefore no access from Manchester to the south via M56. A signed diversion was also place on the M62 and M6. The opposite journey, from the south to Manchester, remained open as usual.

The existing bridge has however been re-opened as a single lane pending the new works.

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Junction improvement
under motorway restrictions
Highway authority


6 July 2009

Tenders have been invited for the contract to carry out the bridge replacement works.

7 August 2009

Work replacing bridge is now due to start in autumn 2009. Completion is anticipated in summer 2010.

17 August 2009

Following a period of extensive investigations, the bridge has been temporarily re-opened, pending the start of work.

19 November 2009

The contract has now been awarded for the bridge replacement works.

17 July 2010

The new bridge is now well under construction and the pier works have started.

8 October 2010

The M56 will be closed between junctions 6 and 9 for two consecutive weekends to allow the old bridge deck to be demolished (15-16 October) and the new bridge to be lifted into place (22-23 October).

2 November 2010

The new bridge opened to traffic on 1 November. The work took longer than expected, due to difficulties in demolishing the old bridge. The new deck is now open to the public, although not at full capacity, pending further junction improvements.

More information


With thanks to Michael Pritchard for information on this page.