M60 junction 8 to M62 junction 20

Improving the M60 by making it a smart motorway between junction 8 of the M60 and junction 20 of the M62.

Region:  North West
Start date:  2014/15
Cost:  ¬£298.9 million
Status:  COMPLETED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2017/18
Programme:  North-west smart motorways

Progress report

The full stretch of smart motorway became fully operational on 31 July 2018.

Variable speed limits are now in place, meaning the temporary restrictions have been removed and the benefits of smart motorway technology can now be felt.

This scheme is the first of its type in the North West, giving drivers greater confidence of getting to their destinations on time, reducing queuing caused by sharp braking and helping to speed up responses to incidents on this stretch of motorway. There is also extra capacity on the M62 junction 18 to 20 with an additional lane in both directions.

View a behind-the-scenes video of our work on the Manchester smart motorway in the 'Media and documents' section below.

You can also find out more information in the materials used at a public information event at the Trafford Centre on 2 August 2018.

What's next?

As part of our £100 million investment in maintenance work across the region, sections of the motorway will be closed to traffic overnight for resurfacing and bridge maintenance from August 2018 into the New Year. This will not affect road users during the day.

We were unable to start the resurfacing until the smart motorway scheme had been completed due to the requirement for narrow lanes on the road to ensure the safety of motorists and workers. The resurfacing will reduce the need for further maintenance, meaning less disruption in the long run.

The first phase of this work will begin later in August and involves resurfacing between junctions 15 and 12 (anti-clockwise) and junctions 10 and 12 (clockwise). Some overnight closures will be required in the lead up to this. Further details can be found on the North West regional page.

Timeline

Date Event
July 2014 Main construction work began.
July 2018 Smart motorway became fully operational

Why we need this scheme

This road forms an important part of the main east-west transport corridor, linking Merseyside and greater Manchester with Yorkshire and the Humber.

This route also serves both national and international traffic movements, forming part of Euro Route 22, which links Siberia to Dublin. It's also an important local route connecting conurbations within the Greater Manchester district.

This route is used by over 180,000 vehicles per day. It suffers from heavy congestion and unpredictable journey times, especially during peak periods.

This project started as three individual schemes, but has been re-assessed a number of times. The result is a combined scheme approach covering the whole 'corridor' between M60 junction 8 and M62 junction 20. This route is approximately 17 miles (27 km) long and has 11 junctions along it.

Aims

Implementing smart motorways on the M60 in Greater Manchester will reduce congestion and make journeys more reliable. This in turn creates economic benefits for the region and the country as a whole.

The first smart motorway scheme (known then as a managed motorway) opened to traffic on the M42 motorway in 2006. Analysis of the data gathered since opening has found that journey reliability improved by 22%.

In addition, personal injury accidents have reduced by more than half since hard shoulder running was introduced. There was also an overall reduction in the severity of accidents with zero fatalities and fewer seriously injured.

Project media files and documents

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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

Location : The M61 southbound exit slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:30 on 22 May 2019 to 05:00 on 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:35 pm
Location : The M61 northbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 May 2019 to 05:00 on 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:35 pm
Location : The M61 northbound exit slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 21 May 2019 to 05:00 on 22 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:35 pm
Location : The M61 southbound entry slip at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:30 on 21 May 2019 to 05:00 on 22 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:35 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J12 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 12:20 on 7 May 2019 to 06:00 on 1 September 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 12:18 pm
Location : The M60 clockwise entry slip at junction J10 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 22 May 2019 to 17:00 on 22 May 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 11:42 am
Location : The M66 southbound at junction J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 May 2019 to 03:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 11:02 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 10:20 am
Location : The M60 anticlockwise between junctions J13 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 7 May 2019 to 06:00 on 1 September 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 9:50 am
Location : The M60 clockwise at junction J15 after J14 access. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 7:52 am
Location : The M60 clockwise at junction J15 after J14 access. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 12:21 on 5 November 2018 to 06:00 on 31 January 2020.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 7:52 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J12 and J10 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 12:22 on 7 May 2019 to 06:00 on 1 September 2019.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:36 am
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J13 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:35 am
Location : The M60 clockwise at junction J15 before J14 access. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:35 am
Location : The M61 southbound at junction . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:01 am
Location : The M61 northbound between junction J3 and the A6053 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 20 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:01 am
Location : The M602 eastbound at junction J1 . 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 20 May 2019 to 22 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2019 to 2 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 June 2019 to 6 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 7 June 2019 to 16 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:01 am
Location : The M60 clockwise entry slip at junction J12 from M62 Eastbound. 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 20 May 2019 to 22 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2019 to 2 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 June 2019 to 6 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 7 June 2019 to 16 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:01 am
Location : The M60 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J12 . 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 20 May 2019 to 22 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2019 to 2 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 June 2019 to 6 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 7 June 2019 to 16 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 20, 2019, 5:01 am
Location : The M602 westbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 5:21 pm
Location : The M602 westbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:01 on 13 December 2018 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 4:51 pm
Location : The M602 westbound at junction J1 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 March 2020.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 4:51 pm
Location : The M62 westbound entry slip at junction J12 . 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 22 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 May 2019 to 06:00 on 29 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2019 to 3 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2019 to 16 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M60 anticlockwise at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 May 2019 to 06:00 on 29 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2019 to 3 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2019 to 16 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M602 eastbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 31 December 2019.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M60 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J12 . 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 22 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 May 2019 to 06:00 on 29 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2019 to 3 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2019 to 16 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J12 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 May 2019 to 06:00 on 21 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2019 to 3 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2019 to 14 June 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M60 clockwise entry slip at junction J14 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M60 clockwise between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 May 2019 to 06:00 on 29 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2019 to 3 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2019 to 16 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M60 anticlockwise between junctions J13 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 May 2019 to 24 May 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 May 2019 to 06:00 on 29 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 1 June 2019 to 3 June 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2019 to 16 June 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm

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