M1/M62 Lofthouse Interchange

We’re developing plans to carry out improvements to the M1/M62 Lofthouse junction to reduce congestion.

Start date 2021
End date 2025
Cost TBC

Latest updates

  • 01 May 2019

    Structural inspections under way

    We've carried out a range of surveys and assessment work to give us information about traffic volumes and the local environment. We're exploring different design options that would meet our aims. We're beginning discussions with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can take into account their views.

    Structural inspections are currently ongoing and will be used to inform the requirements for any future scheme. Once we’ve worked up viable options we'll tell you about them and ask for your opinion.

Project information

Overview

In the Road Investment Strategy 2020-2025, government committed to developing a number of schemes that will be considered as part of a future roads investment period. This is one of the schemes that will be developed.

Lofthouse is a major interchange that joins the M1 and M62 motorways between Leeds and Wakefield, two of the busiest motorways for north-to-south, east-to-west travel. The current design of the junction uses a roundabout with traffic signals. Previous studies have identified a lack of capacity as the main cause of congestion, which in turn contributes to numerous shunt and side-swipe accidents.

The Lofthouse junction suffers from congestion and delays during peak times. With our proposals we intend to increase capacity to ease traffic flows and support wider growth in employment and housing.

The plans will also reduce accidents, especially shunt and side swipe accidents, will complement the smart motorway schemes and increased traffic demand and support West Yorkshire’s development aspirations.

  • continue in line with the government’s policy by reducing congestion and disruption to journeys for road users
  • contribute to our targets of reducing the number of killed or seriously injured
  • increase capacity through the interchange
  • support West Yorkshire’s development aspirations
  • complement the M1 smart motorways scheme and its increased traffic demand
  • improve safety by reducing shunt and side swipe accidents
  • improve road condition and reduce maintenance costs

Documents

Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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