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:  TBC
Programme:  North-west smart motorways

Progress report

We're currently developing the preliminary design for a smart motorway between M62 junctions 20 (Rochdale) and 25 (Brighouse).

This will be 'all-lane running', which means the hard shoulder will be converted into a running lane, creating a four-lane smart motorway between the Manchester and Leeds city regions, and beyond.

We're now carrying out environmental assessments and refining the design of the smart motorway while continuing to talk to local authorities and other interested parties.

What's next?

Once the preliminary design is completed around spring 2019, we'll appoint a contractor to carry out the work.

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Government announces scheme
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 westbound between junctions J24 and J22 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:00 from 17 July 2019 to 19 July 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:01 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J25 and J24 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:00 from 17 July 2019 to 19 July 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:01 pm
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J25 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:00 from 17 July 2019 to 19 July 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 2:01 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J25 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:30 from 22 July 2019 to 26 July 2019.
Posted: July 16, 2019, 12:25 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J24 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 July 2019 to 06:00 on 23 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 15, 2019, 9:15 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 22 July 2019 to 27 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 29 July 2019 to 3 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 15, 2019, 8:42 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J24 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 22 July 2019 to 27 July 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:30 and 06:00 from 29 July 2019 to 3 August 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 15, 2019, 8:42 pm
Location : The A627M southbound between the M62 and the junction with the A663 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 19 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 12, 2019, 8:14 pm
Location : The A627M northbound between the A663 and the junction with the A664 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 19 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 12, 2019, 8:14 pm
Location : The A627M northbound between the junctions with the A664 and the M62 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:30 from 19 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 12, 2019, 8:14 pm
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J24 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J25 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 westbound entry slip at junction J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 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 21:30 on 16 July 2019 to 06:00 on 17 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The A627M southbound between the junctions with the A664 and the M62 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 31 December 2019.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J21 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 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 05:00 on 31 December 2019.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J25 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J23 and J22 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 July 2019 to 06:00 on 21 July 2019.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J21 and J23 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 July 2019 to 06:00 on 21 July 2019.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J23 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 July 2019 to 21 July 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: July 11, 2019, 9:04 pm

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