Manchester smart motorway closure required
22nd January 2016
The introduction of new smart motorway services is a nearing reality for travellers on the M62 between Heywood and Rochdale, with the ambitious project now preparing to enter its final stages.
However, to facilitate the rollout of the new system, which will hope to significantly reduce congestion and improve journey times for travellers in the years ahead, an overnight closure of the carriageway is required this weekend.
Running from 21:30 GMT on Saturday (January 23rd) until 10:00 the following morning, the motorway will be closed in both directions, as engineers carry out the arduous task of removing overhead gantries along the route between junctions 19 and 20.
Highways England project manager Paul Hampson commented: "We arranged for these closures to take place overnight when traffic levels are at their lowest so we can keep the impact on drivers to a minimum.
"The extra lane on the M62 will increase capacity between the north-west and Yorkshire [when the work is completed] and the variable speed limit will tackle stop-start conditions by keeping vehicles moving."
Mr Hampson added that clearly signposted diversions will be in place for all travellers planning to make use of the affected section of the M62 over the coming days, while individuals that are able to avoid the area entirely are encouraged to do so.
Set for completion by autumn 2017, the new Manchester smart motorways network will operate between junction 8 of the M60 near Sale and junction 20 of the M62 near Rochdale. It is costing approximately £202 million.back