M62 junction 20 to 25 smart motorway

We're improving the M62 motorway from junction 20 to 25.

Region:  North West
Start date:  2019-20
Cost:  £283.2 million to £392.3 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2024-25
Programme:  North-west smart motorways

Progress report

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.

What's next?

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

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Government announces scheme
September 2019 Statutory Instrument Consultation
2019-20 Works start
TBC Works complete

Why we need this scheme

The M62 is the only east-west motorway spanning the north of England. Running between Merseyside and Yorkshire through Cheshire and Lancashire, 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. The gradients on approach to the summits are around 4% (1:25), which creates the risk of congestion caused by slow moving or broken-down vehicles.

Traffic flows on this part of the network exceed capacity during peak periods leading to congestion. Smart motorways will provide 33% additional capacity on the most congested sections of this 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

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J21 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:30 on 14 August 2020 to 05:00 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 8:40 pm
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 21:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 7, 2020, 8:10 pm
Location : The M62 westbound entry slip at junction J22 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 13 August 2020 to 05:00 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 7:41 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J22 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 13 August 2020 to 05:00 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 7:41 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 13 August 2020 to 05:00 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 7:41 pm
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J22 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 August 2020 to 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 6:40 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 August 2020 to 06:00 on 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M62 eastbound at junction J24 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J24 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 August 2020 to 06:00 on 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J18 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 11 August 2020 to 05:00 on 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 10:00 am
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J20 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 11 August 2020 to 05:00 on 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 10:00 am
Location : The A627M northbound between the junctions with the M62 and the A664 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 11 August 2020 to 05:00 on 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 6, 2020, 10:00 am
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J20 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:30 on 12 August 2020 to 05:00 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 5, 2020, 7:40 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J25 and J26 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 August 2020 to 05:00 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 5, 2020, 7:11 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 August 2020 to 05:00 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 5, 2020, 7:11 pm
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J22 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 11 August 2020 to 15:30 on 11 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 5, 2020, 8:52 am
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J25 . Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 11 August 2020 to 15:00 on 11 August 2020.
Posted: August 4, 2020, 12:12 pm
Location : The A627M southbound between the M62 and the junction with the A663 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 31 August 2020.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 12:29 pm
Location : The A627M northbound between the A663 and the junction with the A664 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 31 August 2020.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 12:29 pm
Location : The A627M northbound between the junctions with the M62 and the A664 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 31 August 2020.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 12:29 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:30 on 31 December 2020.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 12:27 pm
Location : The A627M northbound between the junctions with the A664 and the M62 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 31 August 2020.
Posted: July 31, 2020, 12:26 pm

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