Work on safety improvements including the installation of average speed enforcement cameras is to begin on a main Cheshire road next week.

The A550 road has been the scene for a number of traffic collisions over the years, with the Two Mills junction – where the road crosses the A540 Parkgate Road – historically known as an accident blackspot.

Now National Highways is to begin overnight works which will result in sections of the road being closed for several months.

Work begins at 9pm on Monday, April 22 and will run throughout Mondays to Fridays, 9pm-5am, except for bank holiday Mondays.

A spokesperson for National Highways said: "We're carrying out safety improvements on the A550 between Hooton and Shotwick.

"Our work involves improving pedestrian access, clearing roadside verges, replacement planting and installing red light and average speed enforcement cameras.

"We’ll be starting work on Monday 22 April and are planning to finish by the end of August 2024.

"To reduce disruption on drivers, we’ll be working overnight from Monday to Friday between 9pm and 5am. Work will be paused during both bank holidays in May to help motorists.

"To safely carry out our work, we’ll need to the close the north and south sections of the A550 overnight. We will only ever close one section at any time."

Those closures are as follows:

  • Monday 22 April to Tuesday 16 July – A494 (Shotwick) to A550 Two Mills junction, both carriageways closed
  • Wednesday 17 July to Wednesday 28 August – A550 Two Mills junction to A41 (Hooton), both carriageways closed

Diversion routes will be clearly signed during any road closures, which have been agreed in advance with Cheshire West and Chester Council and emergency services.