We have been successful in providing additional capacity on the M62 junctions 18 to 20 and M60 junctions 8 to 10 in autumn 2017 by removing narrow lanes from these stretches of road.
We have now reached a key milestone in opening an additional lane in both directions on the M62 junctions 18 to 20. Roadworks will be removed from both the eastbound and westbound carriageways during the week commencing 18 December 2017. This increases the number of lanes from three to four (all-lane running), increasing road capacity by a third.
Weâ€™re now also removing the traffic management measures from M60 junctions 8 to 10 with new electronic signs on overhead gantries on both stretches of road now in operation.
New traffic sensors, which have been installed along the smart motorway route, will be used to gather detailed data on daily traffic levels. Variable speed limits will then be introduced in early 2018 which will automatically change in response to the flow of traffic. The speed limit will remain at 50mph while the new technology is being fine-tuned.
Construction work will continue on the M60 in 2018 to complete the installation of over 350 electronic signs, over 100 traffic sensors and 50 CCTV cameras. Resurfacing work will also take place along the entire smart motorway route using overnight carriageway closures.
The scheme is due to be fully completed by summer 2018 once the technology has been successfully tested.
|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 â€“ 10 and M62 junctions 18-20. Extra lanes open on M62 junctions 18-20.|
|Summer 2018||Temporary narrow lanes removed on M60 junctions 15 â€“ 18, temporary narrow lanes removed from M60 junctions 10 â€“ 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 â€ścorridorâ€ť between M60 junction 8 and M62 junction 20. This route is approximately 17 miles (27 km) long and has 11 junctions along the route.
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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