M62 Junction 20 to Junction 25 Smart Motorway

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

Region:  North West
Start date:  2019/2020
Cost:  £283.2 million to £392.3 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  North West smart motorways

Progress report

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

What's next?

Once the preliminary design is completed around spring 2019, we will be appointing a contractor to carry out the work.

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Government announces scheme
2019/2020 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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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 M62 westbound between junctions J22 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 February 2019 to 05:00 on 21 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 1:52 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J23 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 February 2019 to 06:00 on 19 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 1:52 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J24 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 February 2019 to 06:00 on 19 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 1:52 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound at junction J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 February 2019 to 05:00 on 20 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 12:52 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J24 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 February 2019 to 05:00 on 20 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 12:52 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound at junction J22 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 February 2019 to 05:00 on 20 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 12:52 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 February 2019 to 05:00 on 20 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 12:52 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J24 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 18 February 2019.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 12:00 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J23 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 18 February 2019.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 12:00 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J22 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 15:30 on 18 February 2019.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 12:00 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J24 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 February 2019 to 2 March 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 March 2019 to 9 March 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 March 2019 to 06:00 on 15 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 18 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 February 2019 to 2 March 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 March 2019 to 9 March 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 13 March 2019 to 06:00 on 14 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J24 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadside Drains Works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 18 February 2019.
Posted: February 18, 2019, 6:01 am
Location : The M62 westbound entry slip at junction J20 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 20 February 2019.
Posted: February 17, 2019, 9:00 pm
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 19 February 2019 to 24 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 25 February 2019 to 2 March 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 17, 2019, 5:00 am
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J20 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:04 on 15 February 2019 to 05:00 on 2 March 2019.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 9:04 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 February 2019 to 06:00 on 21 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J20 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 February 2019 to 05:00 on 19 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 February 2019 to 06:00 on 21 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J20 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 February 2019 to 06:00 on 21 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J20 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 February 2019 to 06:00 on 22 February 2019.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound at junction J20 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 February 2019 to 06:00 on 22 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J20 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 February 2019 to 06:00 on 22 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J20 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 20 February 2019 to 06:00 on 21 February 2019.
Posted: February 15, 2019, 4:02 pm

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