M62 Junction 20 to Junction 25 Smart Motorway

We are improving the M62 motorway from Junction 20 to Junction 25.

Region:  North West
Start date:  before the end of March 2020
Cost:  £283.2m to £392.3m
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  North West smart motorways

Progress report

We are currently working up smart motorway design options that would meet the aims of this scheme.

The government announced that the preferred solution was for a smart motorway with “All Lane Running”. This means the existing hard shoulder would be converted into a traffic lane providing four lanes for traffic. Regular refuge areas are available in place of the hard shoulder for emergency use.

As part of this we will assess a wide range of information about the road to establish the nature of the current problems. This will help us develop an outline design concept and determine the Smart Motorway operating system best suited to this section of road. We aim to complete this first design stage by the end of May 2017.

We will also liaise with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can take into account their views.

What's next

The next phase of design will begin in summer 2017

Timeline

Government announces scheme December 2014
Works start 2019/2020
Works complete TBC

Why we need this scheme

The M62 is the only east-west motorway spanning the North of England. Running through the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire it serves as both a regional route for longer distance trips and as an important inter-urban route between Manchester and Leeds.

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.

M62 junctions 20-25 is approximately 31km through a rural Pennine landscape and 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 disabled vehicles.

Congestion also occurs regularly at junctions particularly at the east and west end of the 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

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Location : The A627M southbound exit slip to the A664 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:02 on 19 October 2018 to 05:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 9:05 pm
Location : The A627M southbound between the M62 and the junction with the A664 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 9:02 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 9:02 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J20 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:23 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J21 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:23 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J25 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:03 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J24 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:03 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J20 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:03 pm
Location : The M62 westbound entry slip at junction J25 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 22 October 2018 to 16:00 on 26 October 2018. Schedule : From 09:00 on 29 October 2018 to 16:00 on 2 November 2018. Schedule : From 09:00 on 5 November 2018 to 20:00 on 9 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 3:02 pm
Location : The A627M northbound entry slip from the A664 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 October 2018 to 05:00 on 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 11:12 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J20 and J18 . 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 October 2018 to 24 October 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 October 2018 to 06:00 on 26 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 10:02 am
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 24 October 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 October 2018 to 06:00 on 26 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 10:02 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J20 and J18 for M66. Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 October 2018 to 06:00 on 26 October 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 10:02 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J25 and J26 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 October 2018 to 06:00 on 26 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 7:10 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J25 and J26 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 25 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 7:01 am
Location : The M62 eastbound at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 25 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 7:01 am
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 25 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 7:01 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J26 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 25 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 7:01 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 22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 5 November 2018 to 06:00 on 6 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 9:40 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 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 22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 5 November 2018 to 06:00 on 6 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 9:40 am
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 5 November 2018 to 06:00 on 6 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 9:40 am
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 21 October 2018 to 05:00 on 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm

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