M62 junction 10 to 12 smart motorway

We're improving the 9.8-mile section of the M62 between junctions 10 and 12 by upgrading it to an all-lane running smart motorway.

Start date 2017-18
End date 2019-20
Cost £100 million - £250 million

Latest updates

  • 08 June 2020

    Daytime lane closures

    Daytime lane closures have been in place to progress our work as much as possible, while reducing disruption to both the local community and road users.

    We’ve been monitoring the traffic flows very carefully, and have observed an increase in the movements on the M62. As a result, we will be removing the daytime lane closures and reverting the carriageways back to four lanes in each direction.

    For safety, the reduced speed limit of 50mph will remain in place during the next few months while we continue our work.

  • 01 May 2020

    Works for the M62 junction 10 to 12 smart motorway

    Work to install the technology and electronic signage on the new overhead gantries will be ongoing. We will also carry out surfacing work on both sides of the carriageway between junctions 11 and 12. This will take place overnight, and either lane or full carriageway closures is needed to undertake the work safely.

    We’ll continue to provide a free recovery service while these works take place. Drivers will be able to use one of 11 new emergency areas if they experience difficulties on the motorway. CCTV cameras will also continue to monitor the motorway 24 hours a day and control room operators will be able to reduce the speed limit to 40mph and display warning messages during incidents.

    A variable speed limit of up to 70mph will be introduced on the motorway later in the year, once the new technology has been fully tested, to help improve the flow of traffic and prevent stop-start conditions.

    Please remember that closures can change. For the most up to date information (including timings) check the Planned Roadworks feed. You can view on the Roadworks search page for more search options, or check our regional Twitter feed.

Project information

Overview

Smart motorways are a technology driven approach to tackling the most congested parts of the motorway network, improving journey reliability by controlling the flow and speed of traffic. They also support the economy by providing much-needed capacity on the busiest motorways, while maintaining safety for road users and those who work on the roads. 

The design features of the scheme include: 

  • variable mandatory speed limits 
  • driver information, including lane availability, provided through a mixture of gantries and cantilever signs 
  • queue detection and automatic signalling system, which provides queue protection and congestion management 
  • comprehensive low light pan-tilt-zoom CCTV coverage 
  • refuge areas where drivers can stop in an emergency 

The M62 motorway is a strategic route for local, regional and international traffic and plays a major role as a cross-country artery between the north-west, Yorkshire and Humberside. This section of the M62 carries in excess of 110,000 vehicles per day.

The M62 carries high volumes of heavy goods and other vehicles. Congestion and unreliable journey times are currently experienced at busy periods and traffic is predicted to grow.

The M62 project will relieve congestion and smooth the flow of traffic, improving journey times as well as improving the current unpredictability of journey times along this stretch of the motorway.

With this scheme, we aim to:

  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic to improve travel times, making journeys more reliable
  • support the economy and facilitate economic growth within the region. Providing much-needed capacity on the motorway will reduce the cost of delays to both commuters and business traffic
  • continue to deliver a high level of safety performance on the network using smart motorway techniques
  • minimise environmental impacts

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Traffic information

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

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