​Smart motorways

England’s motor­ways are chang­ing. Many now use a range of new tech­nol­ogy to vary speed lim­its in response to dri­ving con­di­tions. These smart motor­ways will make the hard shoul­der avail­able to drivers. This could be per­ma­nently, or at par­tic­u­larly busy times of the day.

Smart motor­ways are man­aged by Highways England. The £208 million scheme being undertaken and managed by Highways England will see a 17-mile stretch of the network between junction eight of the M60 near Sale and junction 20 of the M62 near Rochdale upgraded to a smart motorway – the first of its kind in the North West.

The latest technology will be installed to monitor traffic levels, provide traffic information to road users, and ease congestion by using variable speed limits on overhead message signs.

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 on the part of the motorway which links the North West to Yorkshire.

There will be temporary speed limits enforced by speed cameras, narrow lanes, lane closures, full motorway closures and diversions. Drivers should plan ahead for their journeys and keep up to date with latest progress on the scheme.

To stay up to date with developments, visit Highways England Facebook page or Highways England website, where you can register to be kept informed about the news on the scheme.