M62 Junction 20 to Junction 25 Smart MotorwayRecently updated

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:  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

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The A627M northbound between the A663 and the junction with the A664 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2018 to 05:30 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 23, 2018, 9:40 am
Location : The A627M northbound between the junctions with the A664 and the M62 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2018 to 05:30 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 23, 2018, 9:40 am
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 18:00 on 30 May 2018.
Posted: May 23, 2018, 6:00 am
Location : The A627M northbound at the junction with the A664 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 29 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 22, 2018, 8:40 am
Location : The A627M northbound between the junctions with the A664 and the M62 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 29 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 22, 2018, 8:40 am
Location : The A627M northbound entry slip from the A664 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 29 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 22, 2018, 8:40 am

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