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

Our consultation on the introduction of variable mandatory speed limits has now closed. Thank you to all those who shared their views with us.

We’re now beginning our advanced works which are an important activity in preparing the motorway for the main construction phase of the scheme. As part of these works, we’re removing bushes, grass and brambles in a number of areas between junctions 20 and 25.

Following the completion of our vegetation clearance works, we’ll begin strengthening works on the hard shoulder where required throughout the route. We’ll need to use overnight lane closures to complete this work, between 8pm and 6am. The hard shoulder will be permanently closed on each side of the carriageway for the duration of this work, and we’ll provide access points along the hard shoulder should drivers need to stop in an emergency.

We expect to complete this work by the end of February 2020.

What's next?

We will now begin analysing the responses to our consultation on the introduction of variable mandatory speed limits and we’ll publish our consultation report in the coming months.

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 exit slip at junction J21 . Reason : Roadside Equipment Maintenance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:13 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J22 and J21 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadside Equipment Maintenance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:03 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound entry slip at junction J21 . Reason : Roadside Equipment Maintenance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:57 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:05 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J24 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:05 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J25 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:00 from 18 November 2019 to 22 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:00 from 25 November 2019 to 29 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:00 from 2 December 2019 to 6 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:00 from 9 December 2019 to 13 December 2019.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 5:01 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J24 and J23 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 18 November 2019 to 17:00 on 22 November 2019. Schedule : From 08:00 on 25 November 2019 to 17:00 on 27 November 2019.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 5:01 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J22 and J25 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 08:00 on 13 November 2019 to 17:00 on 19 December 2019.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 4:35 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J22 and J21 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 November 2019 to 10:00 on 19 November 2019.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 2:02 pm
Location : The A627M northbound between the junctions with the A664 and the M62 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 November 2019 to 05:00 on 17 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 23 November 2019 to 26 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 10:23 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 : From 21:00 on 16 November 2019 to 05:00 on 17 November 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 November 2019 to 05:00 on 26 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 10:23 am
Location : The A627M northbound between the junctions with the A664 and the M62 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 November 2019 to 05:00 on 26 November 2019.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 10:23 am
Location : The A627M southbound between the junctions with the M62 and the A664 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 November 2019 to 5 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 8:13 pm
Location : The A627M southbound between the M62 and the junction with the A663 . 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 21 November 2019 to 5 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 8:13 pm
Location : The A627M southbound entry slip from the A664 . 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 21 November 2019 to 5 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 8:13 pm
Location : The A627M southbound exit slip to the A627 . 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 21 November 2019 to 5 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 8:13 pm
Location : The A627M southbound between the M62 and the junction with the A663 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 November 2019 to 06:00 on 5 December 2019.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 8:13 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J25 and J22 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 08:00 on 13 November 2019 to 17:00 on 19 December 2019.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:04 am
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J18 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 November 2019 to 05:00 on 21 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 10:14 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: November 13, 2019, 11:21 am
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 November 2019 to 06:00 on 20 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 9:13 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 19 November 2019 to 06:00 on 20 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 9:13 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 21:00 on 19 November 2019 to 06:00 on 20 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 9:13 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 25 November 2019 to 30 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 2 December 2019 to 7 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 9 December 2019 to 14 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 6:04 pm
Location : The M62 westbound between junctions J22 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 18 November 2019 to 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 6:04 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J19 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 18 November 2019 to 06:00 on 19 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 6:04 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J24 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 18 November 2019 to 06:00 on 19 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 6:04 pm
Location : The M62 eastbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 18 November 2019 to 23 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 25 November 2019 to 30 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 2 December 2019 to 7 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 9 December 2019 to 14 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 6:04 pm

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