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.
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