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M6 upgrades in Cheshire set to be completed in New Year

As the M6 motorway celebrates its 60th birthday Highways England says upgrades to the route in Cheshire are almost finished.

When the motorway first opened in December 1958 it only had two lane, no safety barriers and no technology to assist motorists.

The original eight-mile section of road they were driving on was the Preston bypass – the very first motorway in Britain, which is now part of the M6.

It had just two lanes in each direction, no safety barrier in the central reservation and no electronic signs or other technology.

Today hundreds of thousands of drivers travel more than 20 million miles on the M6 every day, accounting for one in eight of all motorway journeys.

Early next year Highways England says four sections of the M6, including between J16 and J19 in Cheshire, will be upgraded to have four lanes and the latest technology to keep traffic moving and drivers kept informed of any incidents while they travel.

Although many drivers have expressed their frustration with the long sections of restricted speed limits while works take place, the project has been a major undertaking involving the fitting of 74 new gantries and 1 million square metres of resurfacing along the 20 mile route.

The £250 million scheme is set be completed in the Spring, and Highways England it should cut regular commute times on the Cheshire section by up to 30 minutes per week.

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