Drivers’ pain before gain

CONSTRUCTION work on a scheme to ease congestion on the M62 will begin later this month.

However, it will mean months of roadworks for thousands of motorists using the stretch from Junction 25 at Brighouse to Rothwell.

A 50mph speed limit, enforced with average speed safety cameras, will also be in place for the safety of road users and the work force for the next 18 months along the 15-mile stretch.

It is hoped on completion in 2014 that bringing in the use of the hard shoulder will ease many of the traffic jams that bring cars and lorries to a stand still.

Details of the managed motorway scheme will go on show to the public this month, ahead of preparatory work starting on September 26 before actual construction work starts in October.

The exhibition of the project will be at Cleckheaton library, Whitcliffe Road, on Friday September 23, 11am to 8pm and Saturday September 24, 11am to 4pm.

The £150m managed motorway scheme, the first of its kind in Yorkshire, will involve the use of variable mandatory speed limits and use of the hard shoulder as an extra traffic lane to ease congestion.

Between junction 25 and 26, the hard shoulder will become a permanent traffic lane.

The contractor will begin mobilisation works on Monday September 26 and this will include the installation of traffic management and site clearance. The hard shoulder will be closed between Junction 27 (Gildersome) and Junction 28 (Tingley) but three lanes will be kept in both directions.

David Pilsworth, Highways Agency project manager said: “These public exhibitions will be a chance for residents and road-users to find out more about what they can expect, both once construction work gets underway and once the managed motorway scheme is in operation. If anyone has any questions about the scheme and how it works, we would welcome the opportunity to speak to them.

“This scheme will provide much needed additional capacity on the M62, and our experience elsewhere shows that Managed Motorways deliver significant safety benefits and more reliable journey times.”

Work to deliver the scheme will include strengthening the hard shoulder, building emergency refuge areas, installing gantries and electronic signs and installing sensors in the road to measure traffic levels and speed.