M60 junction 8 to M62 junction 20Recently updated

Improving the M60 by making it a smart motorway between junction 8 of the M60 and junction 20 of the M62.

Region:  North West
Start date:  July 2014
Cost:  £208.3 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  Summer 2018
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

We are currently installing more than 300 electronic signs on overhead gantries on the M60 and M62.

These signs will display variable speed limits to help tackle congestion and keep traffic flowing. They’ll also provide drivers with live journey time information as well as details of any motorway incidents.

We carry out most of our roadworks at night and this scheme in no exception. We will continue closing sections of the M60 and M62 overnight and at weekends to:

  • upgrade existing gantries
  • repair drainage and prevent flooding
  • install signs
Diversion routes will be clearly signposted and you can find out the latest roadworks on our roadworks feed.

What next?

We will be opening this scheme in phases. On the M60, between junctions 8 and 10 we will be removing the temporary narrow lanes this autumn, starting in October. We will then test the new technology before switching on the electronic speed limit signs by the end of the year.

We plan to open extra lanes and switch on electronic signs on the M62, junctions 18-20, by December – increasing the number of lanes from 3 to 4.

Temporary narrow lanes will then be removed between junctions 15 and 18 on the M60 in early 2018, and between junctions 10 and 15 in the spring with the final set of electronic signs on the M60 to be switched on by the summer.

Timeline

Date Event
July 2014 Main construction work begins.
Autumn 2017 Removal of narrow lanes on the M60 junctions 8 -10 and on the M62 junctions 18-20. New technology being under testing at both of these locations.
December 2017 Electronic speed limit signs in operation on M60 junctions 8 – 10 and M62 junctions 18-20. Extra lanes open on M62 junctions 18-20.
Summer 2018 Temporary narrow lanes removed on M60 junctions 15 – 18, temporary narrow lanes removed from M60 junctions 10 – 15. M60 junctions 11-18 opens once technology has been successfully tested.

Why we need this scheme

This road forms an important part of the main east-west transport corridor, linking Merseyside and greater Manchester with Yorkshire and the Humber.

This route also serves both national and international traffic movements, forming part of Euro Route 22, which links Siberia to Dublin. It is also an important local route connecting conurbations within the Greater Manchester district.

This route is used by over 180,000 vehicles per day. It suffers from heavy congestion and unpredictable journey times, especially during peak periods.

This project started as 3 individual schemes, but has been re-assessed a number of times. The result is a combined scheme approach covering the whole “corridor” between M60 junction 8 and M62 junction 20. This route is approximately 17 miles (27 km) long and has 11 junctions along the route.

Aims

Implementing smart motorways on the M60 in Greater Manchester will reduce congestion and make journeys more reliable. This in turn creates economic benefits for the region and the country as a whole.

The first smart motorway scheme (known then as a managed motorway) opened to traffic on the M42 motorway in 2006. Analysis of the data gathered since opening has found that journey reliability improved by 22 per cent.

In addition, personal injury accidents have reduced by more than half since hard shoulder running was introduced. There was also an overall reduction in the severity of accidents with zero fatalities and fewer seriously injured.

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 26 September 2017 to 8 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 9 October 2017 to 21 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 25, 2017, 4:01 am
Location : The M60 anticlockwise between junctions J15 before J14 exit and J13 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 24, 2017, 9:00 pm
Location : The M60 anticlockwise between junctions J17 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 24 September 2017 to 06:00 on 25 September 2017.
Posted: September 24, 2017, 9:00 pm
Location : The M60 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: September 24, 2017, 9:00 pm
Location : The M60 anticlockwise between junctions J17 and J15 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 24, 2017, 9:00 pm
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J12 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 22 September 2017 to 06:00 on 30 September 2017.
Posted: September 24, 2017, 4:04 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J18 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:04 am
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J17 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:04 am
Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:04 am
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J13 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:02 am
Location : The M60 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J17 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:02 am
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J12 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:02 am
Location : The M66 northbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 30 September 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 October 2017 to 7 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 October 2017 to 14 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:01 am
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 September 2017 to 05:00 on 26 September 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 8 October 2017 to 05:00 on 9 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M602 eastbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 25 September 2017 to 26 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M602 eastbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 25 September 2017 to 26 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junction A666 and the A6053 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 9 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M602 westbound at junction J2 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 25 September 2017 to 26 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M60 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J13 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:04 on 22 September 2017 to 06:00 on 30 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M602 westbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 25 September 2017 to 26 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:02 on 21 September 2017 to 05:00 on 21 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M61 slip road to the M60 southbound . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 September 2017 to 28 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M60 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J17 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 September 2017 to 06:00 on 28 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J15 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 2 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M602 eastbound at junction J1 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 25 September 2017 to 26 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M66 northbound between junctions J3 and J2 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 7 September 2017 to 06:00 on 14 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm

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