Travelling by car to Manchester Airport

How to get to and from Manchester Airport by car

Updated 26th September 2022

National Highways have planned two weekend closures of the M56 in September 2022 (02/09/2022 - 05/09/2022 and 09/09/2022 - 12/09/2022), as part of the motorway upgrades.

Full westbound carriageway closure will be.
The first weekend in September there will be a full westbound carriageway closure between junction 5 and 7 on: - 9pm Friday
2nd September – 6am Sunday 4th September 2022 - 9pm Sunday 4th September – 6am Monday 5th September 2022

Full closure of both carriageways -
A second full weekend closure is planned for both carriageways from 9pm Friday 9th September to 6am Monday 12th September 2022 between: - Eastbound carriageway heading towards Manchester will be closed between junctions 9 and 5. - Westbound carriageway heading away from Manchester, will be closed between junction 5 and 8.

Diversion routes – Clear signed diversion will be in place. Delays are expected, drivers are being asked to allow approximately 30 minutes to their journey
Eastbound - Traffic will be diverted off the M56 at Junction 9 to join the M6 Northbound travel on to Junction 21a and follow diversion signs to M62 Eastbound. Traffic will then continue on the M62 Eastbound to J12 to join the M60 (Anti-Clockwise). Continue on to J5 and then onto the A5103 Northbound leading on to the M56 Westbound.

Westbound - Traffic will be diverted off the M56 at junction 5 and turn at Terminal 2 Roundabout on the Airport Spur Road and back onto the M56 Eastbound at junction 5, travel on the M56 and then (Princess Park Way), onto the M60 (Clockwise). Continue to J12 to join the M62 Westbound carry on to Junction 10 on to the M6 Southbound and M56 Westbound traffic will leave the M6 at J20a and re-join the M56 at Junction 9.

For more information visit 'National Highways'.