M62 junction 20 to 25 smart motorway

We're improving the M62 motorway between junctions 20 to 25 by upgrading it to an 'all-lane running' smart motorway.

Start date January - March 2023
End date Road Period 3 (2025 - 2030)
Cost £283.2 million to £392.3 million

Latest updates

  • 25 August 2020

    Survey works

    From Tuesday 1 September 2020, we’ll be carrying survey works on existing drainage, electrical assets and gathering other information required to enable our final detailed design.

    To complete the survey work safely we’ll need to close sections of the hard shoulder. When traffic flows are lower between 9pm and 6am, Monday to Friday, we’ll also close slip roads and use lane closures.

    When we are closing slip roads we will publicise this via Traffic England and a signed diversion route will be in place. We will also put signs on each slip road giving at least 14 days notice of the closure. In most cases the diversion route will continue along the motorway to the next junction to turn around, avoiding the use of other local roads. We will always keep three lanes open in each direction during the day.

    It is possible that this work will create some noise disruption for local residents, but we will take steps to minimise any overnight disturbance as far as possible.

    We expect to complete this work by Spring 2021.

  • 15 June 2020

    Eastbound carriageway work

    From Monday 15 June we will be carrying out work on the eastbound carriageway between junctions 20 and 22 of the M62 to strengthen the hard shoulder in areas so it can be used as a temporary lane during the construction of the smart motorway project next year.

    We expect this work to take approximately two weeks to complete, and we’ll need to use lane or full carriageway closures most nights between 10pm and 6am. A signed diversion route will be in place when the eastbound carriageway is closed.

    To complete this work safely, we will introduce temporary narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit of 50mph on the eastbound carriageway. The majority of this work will be carried out overnight when traffic levels are much lower and we’ll keep three lanes open in each direction during the day.

    It is possible that this work will create some noise disruption for local residents, but we will take steps to minimise any overnight disturbance as far as possible.

    We expect to complete this work by July, ahead of the main construction work starting on this project next year.

Project information

Overview

The M62 is the only east-west motorway spanning the north of England. Running between Merseyside and Yorkshire through Cheshire and Greater Manchester, it serves as both a regional route for longer distance trips and as an important inter-urban route between the Manchester and Leeds city regions. 

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. 

The M62 junction 20 to 25 smart motorway is approximately 19 miles long, running through a rural Pennine landscape that contains the highest point on a motorway in England. This high altitude increases the risk of disruption caused by severe weather and the steep gradients creates congestion caused by slower moving vehicles. 

We’ll be converting this stretch of the M62 into an all lane running smart motorway, converting the hard shoulder into a permanent traffic lane.  

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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Traffic information

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

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