We are currently working up smart motorway design options that would meet the aims of this scheme.
The government announced that the preferred solution was for a smart motorway with “All Lane Running”. This means the existing hard shoulder would be converted into a traffic lane providing four lanes for traffic. Regular refuge areas are available in place of the hard shoulder for emergency use.
As part of this we will assess a wide range of information about the road to establish the nature of the current problems. This will help us develop an outline design concept and determine the Smart Motorway operating system best suited to this section of road. We aim to complete this first design stage by the end of May 2017.
We will also liaise with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can take into account their views.
The next phase of design will begin in summer 2017
|Government announces scheme||December 2014|
Why we need this scheme
The M62 is the only east-west motorway spanning the North of England. Running through the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire it serves as both a regional route for longer distance trips and as an important inter-urban route between Manchester and Leeds.
The Government’s Northern Powerhouse strategy identified a need for improved east-west major road links to ensure better and more reliable journey times between the major cities within the North.
M62 junctions 20-25 is approximately 31km through a rural Pennine landscape and contains the highest point on a motorway in England. This high altitude increases the risk of disruption caused by severe weather. The gradients on approach to the summits are around 4% (1:25), which creates the risk of congestion caused by slow moving or disabled vehicles.
Congestion also occurs regularly at junctions particularly at the east and west end of the route.
AimsOur scheme aims to:
- reduce congestion and delays
- improve journey time reliability
- maintain a high standard of safety
- support economic growth and job creation
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