Answers over M62 scheme

Huge delays on the M62 after crash has led to lane closure between Junctions 26 and 27.
Huge delays on the M62 after crash has led to lane closure between Junctions 26 and 27.

THE Highways Agency has released a video update of the work being carried out on the M62 beginning at Brighouse.

The video highlights the work currently being done to build the region’s first managed motorway between Junction 25 and 30.

The Agency say the YouTube film was made in response to comments from the public about the progress of the work.

It features key members of the Highways Agency’s construction team describing what the work involves and the number of people working on the project and what the benefits to road users will be once the project is completed.

Highways Agency project manager David Pilsworth said: “We are always happy to receive feedback about the scheme, and we do listen carefully to the comments and questions we receive regularly from the media and public.

“We hope the film helps to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we get. For example, drivers often ask why they can’t see many people working on the road? In the film, we explain that although we have more than 400 people working on the project, they are spread out across a combined 30 miles of motorway – so won’t always be visible. There is also a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work taking place to install, connect and test the new technology that will form a vital part of the new motorway.”

Work on the scheme started in October 2011 with more than 50 per cent of the project now delivered. Once completed, drivers will have extra road space with the hard shoulder used as a traffic lane, and variable speed limits to help control traffic flow.

A total of 36 new overhead gantries with electronic signs used to display variable speed limits to manage traffic flows and reduce congestion have now been installed. A further 16 gantries are to be completed by early January, subject to weather conditions.

The scheme is due to be opened in phases from Spring 2013, with the motorway fully operational by October 2013.

Questions or feedback can be made to the Highways Agency on or 0300 123 5000.