M62 Junction 20 to Junction 25 Smart Motorway

We are improving the M62 motorway from Junction 20 to Junction 25.

Region:  North West
Start date:  before the end of March 2020
Cost:  £283.2m to £392.3m
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  North West smart motorways

Progress report

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.

What's next

The next phase of design will begin in summer 2017

Timeline

Government announces scheme December 2014
Works start 2019/2020
Works complete TBC

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.

Aims

Our 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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Planned roadworks

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The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J25 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J21 and J20 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 03:00 on 26 September 2018.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 7:23 am
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 26 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 5:07 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J20 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 26 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 5:07 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J20 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 25 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 1 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 8 October 2018 to 13 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 15 October 2018 to 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 4:31 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J21 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 25 September 2018 to 29 September 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 1 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 8 October 2018 to 13 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 15 October 2018 to 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 25, 2018, 4:31 am
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 24, 2018, 8:12 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J20 and J18 for M66. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:04 on 24 September 2018 to 06:00 on 29 September 2018.
Posted: September 24, 2018, 8:05 pm
Location : The A627M northbound at the junction with the A663 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 00:01 on 30 September 2018 to 23:59 on 4 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 23, 2018, 11:10 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J26 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 September 2018 to 06:00 on 28 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 September 2018 to 06:00 on 27 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J25 and J26 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 September 2018 to 06:00 on 28 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 September 2018 to 06:00 on 27 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2018, 12:15 pm

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