M606 High Occupancy Vehicle lane

John Simpson

We are proposing to permanently suspend restrictions on traffic using the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane on the M606 southbound and M62 eastbound entry slip road at junction 26.

The HOV lane was originally introduced in 2008 to reduce congestion by encouraging car sharing on the busy route between Bradford and Leeds. The restrictions on using the HOV lane were temporarily suspended as part of our Chain Bar roundabout improvement scheme. A further suspension has been in force since 2018 while we’ve carried out monitoring and feasibility work.

We are now proposing to permanently remove the restrictions on traffic using that lane. This will prevent congestion that leads to queuing on the M606 approach to the Chain Bar roundabout. This queuing impacts on the operation of the junction and occasionally disrupts traffic on the M62 which is a safety concern.

What will we do?

During the removal of the High Occupancy Vehicle lane restrictions, we will resurface the former HOV lane, improve the road markings and signage – making journeys safer and smoother. We will also remove the
traffic lights on the slip road which will further ease congestion and reduce delays for drivers at this busy junction. These changes form part of our congestion relief fund work.

For more information, or to provide your feedback, contact us at: m606m62hov@highwaysengland.co.uk. We need to receive all feedback by 25 October 2019.