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Managed motorways set for the north-west

  • 14 November 2013
  • By Robin Meczes

The Highways Agency has revealed details of a multi-million pound project to bring ‘smart’ motorways – formerly referred to as managed motorways – to the North West.

A 17-mile stretch of the network between junction 8 of the M60, near Sale, and junction 20 of the M62, near Rochdale, is to be fitted out with the latest technology to monitor traffic levels and provide traffic information to road users, with variable speed limits on overhead signs to help manage congestion.

The hard shoulder will also be permanently converted into an extra lane on a five-mile stretch of the M62 between junctions 18 and 20 to provide extra capacity. The HA said it is also considering the environmental impact of increasing lane capacity between junctions 8 and 15 of the M60 which could include converting the hard shoulder to an extra lane.

The move to bring smart motorway technology to the region is predicted to cost between £190m and £267m. Work on the project is due to start next summer with completion in 2016/2017, said the agency.

Under the plan, more than 300 new electronic signs will be installed on the M60 and M62 to warn drivers about changes in the mandatory speed limit, lane closures and incidents, with around 50 new CCTV cameras linked to the HA’s regional control centre at Newton-le-Willows in Merseyside.


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