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Airport Interchange

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Airport Interchange
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Wythenshawe, Manchester
Highway Authority
National Highways
Junction Type
Directional T
Roads Joined
This article is about the junction at Manchester Airport.
For other Airport junctions, see Airport Roundabout
Full intended layout

Airport Interchange is junction 5 of the M56: the main junction connecting Manchester Airport to the motorway network. The junction, opened in 1972, is incomplete as the airport spur was to continue northwestwards to join the M63, now M60, near Sale. Additional slip roads would enable traffic from the south to reach the M63 by cutting the corner and avoiding a short section of Princess Parkway.

Despite the opening of the A555 in 2018 as an eastward extension of the airport spur, the A555 remains unmentioned on signage on the M56 mainline or at the intermediate GSJ on the spur.


Route To Notes


Manchester, Stockport (M60), Sheffield (M67), Leeds (M62), Bolton (M61)


Warrington, Chester, Birmingham (M6 South), Preston, Liverpool (M6 North), Freight Terminal


Manchester Airport, Quarry Bank Mill This is the link road to Manchester Airport


Manchester Airport, Quarry Bank Mill


(M61, M62, M63), Altrincham, Stretford, Sale

Airport Interchange
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Other nearby junctions
Manchester Airport
Junctions on the M56 and related roads
M56Kingsway • 2 Sharston • 3 Junction 3 • 4 Wythenshawe • 5 Airport • 6 Hale Four Seasons • 7 Bowdon • 8 Bowdon • 9 Lymm • 10 Stretton • 11 Preston Brook • 11A Junction 11A • 12 Junction 12 • 14 Hapsford • 15 Stoak • 16 Dunkirk
A494Dunkirk • Parkgate • Woodbank • Deeside Park • Drome Corner • Queensferry • Plough Lane • St Davids Park • Ewloe • A55 Junction 33B • New Brighton Roundabout • Wylfa Roundabout • Gwernymynydd Roundabout • Druid • Bala Junction
A5103 & M56 spurMedlock Street Junction • Princess Parkway Interchange • 3A Junction 3A • 3 Junction 3
A555 & M56 spurAirport • Terminal 2 • Terminals 1 & 3 • Styal Road • Wilmslow Road • Gillbent • Woodford Road • Chester Road • Macclesfield Road • Buxton Road • Bredbury
A556Bowdon Roundabout • Millington Roundabout • Bucklow Hill Junction • Mere Junction • Mere Crossroads • Tabley Junction • Tabley Interchange • Oakmere Crossroads

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