First smart motorway in Greater Manchester becomes operational
August 07, 2018 – Greater Manchester’s first smart motorway has become operational with the technology going live on the final M60 section between Junction 10 and Junction 18, making the entire motorway between Junction 8 of the M60 at Sale and Junction 20 of the M62 at Rochdale fully operational.
As part of the upgrade, an extra running lane has been provided in each direction along the M62 between Junction 18 and Junction 20.
Also, technologies such as CCTV cameras and electronic signs have been provided along the M60 and M62 sections.
Furthermore, variable mandatory speed limits are being displayed to guide traffic along the motorway at steady speeds, tackling congestion and stop-start driving conditions.
Overnight resurfacing of key sections of the M60 and bridge maintenance will begin later in August as part of Highways England’s £100m investment in maintenance work across the North West.
The first phase of the work involving resurfacing between Junctions 15 and 12 and between Junctions 10 and 12 will begin later in August.
Four more smart motorway improvements, valued at £500m and delivering 90 miles of extra lanes to the local motorway network, will be constructed during the next few years.
The M62 Junction 10 to Junction 12 project, which will link the M6 near Warrington to the M60 near Eccles, will be the first of these on which work will start later in 2018.
Highways England has also planned work under the M56 (Junctions 6 to 8), M6 (Junctions 21a to 26) and M62 (Junctions 20 to 25) schemes.
Highways England senior project manager Jonathan Stokes said: “Going ‘live’ this week marks the most significant milestone for this project. We would like to thank users of the M60 and M62 and people living around them for their patience and support over the last few years while we have worked to deliver this vital investment in what is an almost uniquely complex environment.
“Although this is the first smart motorway in the North West the system has been running successfully in other parts of the country for several years – including around Leeds – and we’re confident it will deliver safer, smoother and more reliable journeys.”