The M6 motorway lies five-and-a-half miles to the east of the town. The M56 motorway is six miles to the north. The town is served by numerous main routes. Primary route A556, Chester to Altrincham, joins the M6 and M56 motorways. At Altrincham the Metro Link takes you through the centre of Manchester and onto Bury, Lancashire. The class ‘A’ roads A533, Middlewich to Runcorn and A559, Northwich to Warrington, pass through the town joining the M56 motorway.
There are two stations within the town boundary – Northwich and Greenbank – on the Mid Cheshire line from Manchester to Chester. Hourly trains operate (every two hours on Sundays) serving stations to Chester (with connections for North Wales) and for stations via Knutsford, Altrincham and Stockport to Manchester Piccadilly. Hartford Station is just beyond the town’s western edge and is served by frequent electric services to Winsford and Crewe (connections for London, Euston) and to Runcorn and stations to Liverpool and Glasgow.
Further details from National Rail Enquiries Tel: 0845 748 49 50, Northern Rail at www.northernrail.org the Train Line at www.thetrainline.com or Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership at www.midcheshirerail.org.uk
Bus services within the town and to neighbouring towns and villages are provided by various independent operators. For information on all bus services in and around the town, Tel: Traveline Cheshire 0871 200 22 33
Manchester International Airport is 13 miles to the east, and Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 15 miles to the northwest. Hawarden Airport, with executive flight facilities and light cargo handling is 18 miles to the west.
Ports and Waterways
Northwich sits astride the River Weaver which is a navigable river. Above Winnington the river will allow passage by craft of up to 600 tons, with a maximum width of 40 ft and 9 ft 6 in loaded draught.
The River Weaver joins the Manchester Ship Canal at Sutton Weaver, eight miles northwest of Northwich, which in turn gives access into the River Mersey at Eastham, three miles north of Ellesmere Port. River Weaver and other waterways information from Canal & River Trust ( previously British Waterways) Regional Office, Navigation Road. Tel: (01606) 74321