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 invite you to share your views on our proposals to introduce variable mandatory speed limits to the planned M62 smart motorway between junctions 20 and 25.

As part of improvements planned for this scheme, variable mandatory speed limits will be used to manage traffic speeds and help reduce congestion, whilst enabling the safe operation of the motorway.

The consultation opens on 12 September 2019 and will close on 26 September 2019.

Have your say on our consultation page

What's next?

We plan to start advanced works by the end of September 2019. These advanced works will include strengthening the hard shoulder and removing vegetation from the verge between junctions 20 and 25. Advance works are integral to preparing the motorway for the construction phase of the scheme.

We do not expect these works to be disruptive to road users.

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

Project media files and documents

There are no images for this project
There are no videos for this project

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 A627M southbound entry slip from the A664 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 25 September 2019 to 15:30 on 25 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:53 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J21 and J20 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 17 September 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:37 am
Location : The M62 westbound entry slip at junction J25 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 September 2019 to 06:00 on 28 September 2019.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:33 am
Location : The M62 westbound entry slip at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2019 to 28 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:33 am
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2019 to 28 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:33 am
Location : The M62 westbound exit slip at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 September 2019 to 28 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 7:33 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J22 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:04 am
Location : The M62 westbound at junction J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 23 September 2019 to 26 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 October 2019 to 05:00 on 3 October 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 4 October 2019 to 05:00 on 5 October 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:04 am
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J21 and J20 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 23 September 2019 to 26 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 October 2019 to 05:00 on 3 October 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 4 October 2019 to 05:00 on 5 October 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:04 am
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 23 September 2019 to 26 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 October 2019 to 05:00 on 3 October 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 4 October 2019 to 05:00 on 5 October 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 5:04 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane four will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 September 2019 to 05:00 on 20 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 September 2019 to 05:00 on 26 September 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 2 October 2019 to 05:00 on 3 October 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 19, 2019, 4:03 am
Location : The M62 eastbound exit slip at junction J21 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 17 September 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J22 and J21 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:30 from 23 September 2019 to 25 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:30 from 23 September 2019 to 25 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J20 and J21 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 23 September 2019 to 26 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M62 westbound entry slip at junction J25 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:00 on 20 September 2019 to 18:00 on 20 September 2019.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 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: September 18, 2019, 4:00 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: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J26 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lane four will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 September 2019 to 06:00 on 24 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J24 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 September 2019 to 06:00 on 20 September 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 18, 2019, 4:00 pm

Announcements

Breaking News: Traffic Information

Breaking News

The latest current breaking news items for England's motorway network

Regional Twitter feed

Keep up-to-date

Sign up for updates
Please leave feedback