M56 to close as bridge is demolished near Manchester Airport

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Image caption The closure will affect some motorists heading to the airport

A key section of motorway near Manchester Airport will close for most of the weekend while a bridge is demolished.

The M56 will be closed between junctions 5 and 6, as part of £5.5m road improvements in the area.

The Highways Agency said the road will shut in both directions for "up to 55 hours" from 22:00 BST.

The work could continue until 05:00 BST on Monday, and will affect access to the airport for some motorists.

Drivers arriving from the M60 and Manchester will still be able to use the airport spur from the westbound M56 at junction 5.

However, people heading towards the airport along the eastbound M56 from North Wales and Liverpool will need to leave at junction 6 for Hale and follow a diversion using Runger Lane.

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