M1/M62 Lofthouse Interchange

Improvments the M1/M62 Interchange at Lofthouse to reduce congestion.

Region:  North East
Start date:  2021
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2025
Programme:  

Progress report

We have been carrying out a range of surveys and assessment work to give us information about traffic volumes and the local environment. We are exploring different design options that would meet our aims. We are beginning discussions with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can take into account their views.

What next?

Once we’ve worked up viable options, we’ll tell you about them and ask for your opinion. In the meantime if you have experience with the junction and would like to comment, please use the discussion thread at the bottom of this page. Any questions or queries will be picked up by the project team and will be responded to accordingly.

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Timeline

Date Event
Spring 2017 Environmental surveys
Summer 2017 Structural inspections
Environmental surveys
Traffic analysis
Spring 2018 Public consultation
TBC Start of works
TBC End of works

Why we need this scheme

The Lofthouse interchange suffers from congestion and delays during peak times. With our proposals we intend to increase capacity to ease traffic flows and support wider growth in employment and housing.

The M1/M62 Lofthouse Interchange was included in the government’s Road Investment Strategy for 2015-2020 to be constructed in 2021-2025.

The scheme in detail

Lofthouse is a major interchange that joins the M1 and M62 motorways between Leeds and Wakefield, two of the busiest motorways for North-to-South, East-to-West travel. The current design of the junction uses a roundabout with traffic signals. Previous studies have identified a lack of capacity as the main cause of congestion, which in turn contributes to numerous shunt and side-swipe accidents.

We are currently developing a number of options to take to public consultation. With no start of works date officially agreed, forecasts currently estimate between 2021-2025.

Aims

The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • continue in line with the government’s policy by reducing congestion and disruption to journeys for road users
  • contribute to Highways England’s targets of reducing the number of killed or seriously injured
  • increase capacity through the interchange
  • support West Yorkshire’s development aspirations
  • complement the M1 smart motorways scheme and its increased traffic demand
  • improve safety by reducing shunt and side swipe accidents
  • improve asset condition and reduce maintenance liability

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The M621 eastbound between the M62 and junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 22, 2017, 12:00 am
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J42 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:34 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J29 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:33 pm
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J29 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:31 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J42 For M62 East. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J39 and J40 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 are closed. Reason : Roadside Equipment Maintenance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There are three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J40 and J39 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadside Equipment Maintenance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J45 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:03 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J46 and J45 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:03 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J45 and J46 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 22 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:02 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J29 and J32 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 24 August 2017.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 5:23 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J45 and J46 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 August 2017.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 4:51 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J46 and J44 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 August 2017.
Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:37 am
Location : The M621 eastbound entry slip at junction J2A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:59 on 24 August 2017 to 06:00 on 25 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J45 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 24 August 2017 to 06:00 on 25 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am
Location : The M62 eastbound at junction J29 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 23 August 2017 to 18:00 on 23 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:30 and 17:00 from 4 September 2017 to 5 September 2017.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J29 and J32 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 August 2017 to 06:00 on 25 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J44 and J46 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 24 August 2017 to 06:00 on 25 August 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J29 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 23 August 2017 to 18:00 on 23 August 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:30 and 17:00 from 4 September 2017 to 5 September 2017.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J45 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 24 August 2017 to 06:00 on 25 August 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 20, 2017, 4:05 am

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  • Andy Birkett

    I’ve driven this junction every day for the past 17 years, coming from the west along the M62 and turning left onto the M1 northbound towards Leeds each morning. It’s clear that the main issue with this is the traffic lights on the roundabout at the junction. Traffic on the eastbound M62 wanting to turn onto the M1 Southbound towards Sheffield approaches in lane 2 of 4, and is then held up by the traffic lights on the roundabout, often resulting in long queues back towards Junction 28. As a result, traffic joining at J28 wanting to join the queue for the M1 Southbound turn, or to move across to lane 3 or 4 to continue on the M62, has to come to a complete halt in lane 1 and wait for a gap in the traffic. Drivers like myself who join at J28 and want to stay in lane 1 all the way up to and through Lofthouse Interchange are then held up, even though our lane ahead is clear. Alternatively, drivers joining at 28 wanting to move across stay in lane 1 for as long as possible, hoping to cut into lane 2 closer to Lofthouse. Again, this causes sharp braking and stationary traffic in lane 1, even though the way ahead is clear in that lane. Similarly, traffic coming from J27 or further west heading towards Lofthouse and wanting to get into lane 2 to head for the M1 Southbound faces a challenging task to merge in when the queue is stationary, often causing lane 3 to queue whilst a stationary driver waits to merge. What you end up with is a long line of traffic in lane 2 of 4, very slow to stationary, queuing for a set of lights, whilst traffic is trying to pass either side, in lanes 1, 3 and 4, at high speed. If anyone in lane 2 gets bored of queuing and decides to change lane, they often just swerve into lane 1, 3 or 4, causing other traffic to brake. The managed motorway VSL signs often light up with a 40 limit, but this still means traffic in lanes 1, 3 and 4 is moving 40 mph faster than lane 2, and it’s still dangerous.

    Coming the other way down the M1 and exiting at Lofthouse, the lane situation is chaotic. For M1 southbound traffic wanting to exit, there are two lanes. However there is very little chance to get across into those lanes following the M1/M621 Southbound merge just half a mile earlier. Drivers wanting the M62 east technically all need to get across to the far left lane, and with only half a mile to do it, they tend to slam on the brakes in lane 2 (also an exit lane, leading to the tunnels taking you onto the M62 westbound) and push into lane 1. As soon as the slip road diverges to head up to the roundabout, it widens into 2 lanes. So two lanes of traffic coming through the five lane section squeezes into one lane and then immediately splits into 2. At the top of this slip road, the left hand lane is free-flow round onto the M62 East, whereas the right-hand lane ends at a “give way” line onto the roundabout. But surely all traffic coming off the M1 Southbound at this point and heading up to this roundabout can only be going onto the M62 east. Anyone wanting to turn right onto the M62 westbound would use the tunnels, as per signage, and the only other option at the roundabout is to rejoin the M1. So there is no point in the right-hand lane joining the roundabout. Ideally this should be replaced with a more gentle, freeflowing bend onto the M62E without touching the roundabout, and the approach remarked and signed so that traffic coming down the M1 and wanting to bear left onto the M62 eastbound is directed to use either lane, with lane 1 leaving as a lane drop, with a ghost island/hatch markings separating it from a marked slip road from lane 2 – basically a similar arrangement used on the eastbound approach to Junction 27 of the M62 where traffic can leave via a lane drop, lane 2 then becomes lane 1, and almost immediately there is an arrow indicating a slip road diverge, which is essentially another chance to take the same exit. Using this kind of arrangement would keep traffic exiting for the M62 in either direction moving more smoothly through Lofthouse, especially is traffic heading from M1 S/bound to M62 E/bound is prevented from hitting the roundabout.

    Just a few ideas. Maybe some images to follow.

    • DAHighways_England

      Dear Mr. Birkett – we would like to thank you for your comments. We will take these into consideration. However, as we are still assessing options for Lofthouse Interchange we will not be in a position to discuss further until we hold a Public Consultation exercise, planned for the Spring of 2018 at a location to be confirmed.

      We welcome your feedback and your comments will help with the option selection process. Should you have any further feedback, then please get in touch.

  • ConnorWallsHE

    Dear Mr Walton,

    Over the coming weekend there will be maintenance work carried out at Lofthouse Interchange. The Northbound and Westbound exit slips will both face disruption between the hours of 20:00 and 10:00 due to the slip roads being closed. This will be the case for the whole weekend (21st to 23rd) not just the 22nd. Then between 20:00 and 06:00
    from the 23rd to 25th.

    We apologise for the inconvenience caused. For any future traffic and road closure information please visit our website: http://roads.highways.gov.uk/roadworks-search/?days=0&region=all-regions&county=all-counties&location=&radius=10&roadlist=&severity=Severe

  • ConnorWallsHE

    Dear Mr Crowther,

    We would like to take this time to thank you for your comments, they will be taken
    into consideration. However at this moment in time we are still undertaking
    options assessments for Lofthouse Interchange and will not be in a position to
    discuss further until we hold our public consultation exercise, which is
    currently scheduled for Spring 2018, with a location to be confirmed closer to
    the time.

    Please do not hesitate to get in touch again if you have any further feedback.

  • ConnorWallsHE

    Dear trixi902,

    At this moment in time we are assessing potential options for Lofthouse Interchange, we would like to thank you for your comments and to let you know that they will be taken on board and into consideration. If you would like to provide further feedback, please to not hesitate to do so, or alternatively our public consultation event is scheduled for Spring 2018, with a venue still to be confirmed.