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

Motorists can now see smart motorway technology and variable speed limits in operation on both the M62 between junctions 18 and 20 and on a two-mile-stretch of smart motorway on the M60 between junctions 8 and 10 near the Trafford Centre.

What's next?

As we work towards the final phases of this project, there will be various elements of work, including resurfacing, between now and summer 2018 when the scheme will be fully completed.

This work will require overnight carriageway closures. We will ensure there are adequate signs on the network to ensure road users are able to use suitable diversion routes.

Construction work will also continue on the M60 to complete the installation of over 350 electronic signs, over 100 traffic sensors and 50 CCTV cameras.


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 tested at both of these locations.
December 2017 Extra lanes open on M62 junctions 18-20.
Spring 2018 Electronic speed limit signs in operation on M60 junctions 8 to 10 and M62 junctions 18 to 20.
Summer 2018 Temporary narrow lanes removed on M60 junctions 15 to 18, temporary narrow lanes removed from M60 junctions 10 to 15. M60 junctions 11 to 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 ‚Äúcorridor‚ÄĚ 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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