Huge programme to ease congestion on M62 underway

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WORK starts this month on a £150 million programme to cut congestion on the M62 between Brighouse and Leeds.

And, it could be 2014 before completion of what is the first managed motorway scheme in Yorkshire. It covers the 15.5 mile stretch between J25 (Brighouse) and J30 (Rothwell).

Mobilisation work on the M62 starts on Monday, September 26 and that will include traffic management.

The hard shoulder will be closed between J27 (Gildersome) and J28 (Tingley) but three lanes will be kept in both directions.

A 50mph speed limit – monitored by speed cameras – will be enforced.

Work is expected to start in full next month and is due for completion in 2013-14.

Once finished variable mandatory speed limits will be used and the hard shoulder will be permanently used as an extra traffic lane in both directions between J25 and 26 and westbound between J30 and 29.

The hard shoulder will be opened as an additional lane during busy periods in both directions between J26 and 28 and eastbound between J29 and 30 – the M62 is already four lanes in both directions between J28 and J29.

Highways Agency project manager David Pilsworth said: “This scheme will provide much needed additional capacity on the M62. Experience elsewhere shows managed motorways deliver significant safety benefits and more reliable journey times.”

Exhibitions will be held at Cleckheaton Library, Whitcliffe Road, BD19 3DX on Friday, September 23, from 11am to 8pm, and Saturday, September 24, between 11am and 4pm.