Road users are advised that the Highways Agency will be carrying out further tests of the newly-installed managed motorway system on the M62 between junctions 26, Chain Bar, and 27 at Gildersome.
The systems will be tested on the eastbound carriageway only this evening (Thursday 11 July), between 7pm and 8pm, and on both carriageways on Sunday (14 July), between 8am and 10am. During these times, traffic officers in the Highways Agency regional control centre at Wakefield will open up the hard shoulder to traffic by setting the overhead signs to tell drivers they can use the hard shoulder as an extra lane. Variable mandatory speed limits, indicated by a red ring, will also be displayed to help improve traffic flow and reduce congestion.
As part of the tests, traffic officers may also set the signs to indicate lane closures across any of the four lanes – this will be by way of a red X.
Once each test is complete, the hard shoulder will be closed to traffic and will only be available for use in the event of an emergency, as per motorway regulations. Subject to the successful completion of testing, this section is due to become fully operational as a managed motorway later in July.
Drivers are also reminded that the temporary 50mph speed limit between junctions 26 and 28 was lifted last week. When the managed motorway is not in use, national speed limit applies between these junctions and the electronic signs will not be illuminated. Variable speed limits of up to 60mph, indicated by the electronic signs on overhead gantries, will be used when the managed motorway is in operation. The 50mph speed limit between junctions 25 and 26, and between junctions 28 and 30, remains in place while work on these sections continues: this is for the safety of road users and road workers.
Road users are advised to follow the overhead signs, and are reminded that when the hard shoulder is not indicated as a running lane it should be used for emergency purposes only, as per motorway regulations.
This will be the second section of the new managed motorway to be brought into operation, following successful testing and opening of the first section, between junctions 27 and 28, in May. The full scheme, between junctions 25 (Brighouse) and 30 (Rothwell), is due to be completed later this year. For further information visit the project page at www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/m62-junctions-25-to-30-managed-motorway/ or call the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.