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:  ÂŁ208.3 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  Summer 2018
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

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.

We’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.

What next?

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.

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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Location : The M602 eastbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 February 2018 to 05:00 on 26 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 25, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M61 southbound between junctions and J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 3 March 2018 to 10:00 on 4 March 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M61 northbound between junction J3 and the A6053 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 3 March 2018 to 10:00 on 4 March 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J18 and J19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 February 2018 to 05:00 on 8 March 2018.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M602 eastbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 26 February 2018 to 28 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M60 clockwise at junction J19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 February 2018 to 05:00 on 8 March 2018.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M60 clockwise exit slip at junction J19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 February 2018 to 05:00 on 8 March 2018.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm

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