M53 closure this weekend for abnormal load movement

Drivers are being reminded that parts of the M53 near Ellesmere Port in Cheshire will be closed on Saturday night into Sunday morning this weekend for the movement of an abnormal load.

National Highways is paving the way for cutting carbon emissions at one of the country’s biggest oil refineries with a huge ‘module’ for a new hydrogen-powered furnace being moved from a quay alongside the Manchester Ship Canal via the M53 and A5177 to Essar Oil UK’s Stanlow refinery.

Motorway users are being advised the southbound carriageway will be closed between junction 5 at Hooton and junction 10 for Cheshire Oaks from 7pm on Saturday (13 August) until 10am on Sunday (14 August).

The northbound carriageway will be closed between junction 10 and junction 8 with the closure time on Saturday evening after 7pm and subject to an appropriate reduction in traffic levels from Cheshire Oaks.

A good diversion using the A550 and A494 trunk roads will operate between junction 5 and junction 11 at Stoak Interchange where the M53 meets the M56.

Drivers are advised to check traffic conditions before setting out on journeys. Live traffic information is always available at www.trafficengland.com  or from National Highways’ 24-7 customer contact centre at 0300 123 5000. Updates will also be posted to @HighwaysNWest – National Highways’ regional Twitter feed.

Image: The huge ‘module’ – part of a hydrogen-powered furnace – will be gliding down the M53 on Saturday night and Sunday morning en route to Stanlow.

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