Hard shoulder is now up and running on the M62

Highways Agency Project manager David Pilsworth (left) and Jeremy Bloom Divisional Director for Major Project, pictured in front of the screens showing the upgraded M62, Highways Agency Regional Control Centre, Wakefield.26th September 2013.Picture by Simon Hulme
Highways Agency Project manager David Pilsworth (left) and Jeremy Bloom Divisional Director for Major Project, pictured in front of the screens showing the upgraded M62, Highways Agency Regional Control Centre, Wakefield.26th September 2013.Picture by Simon Hulme

Work to upgrade the M62 to a managed motorway has been completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

The temporary 50mph speed restrictions on the remaining two sections between junctions 28 and 29 has been lifted, marking an end to the work which started in October 2011.

Work to upgrade 15.5 miles of the M62 between junction 25 at Brighouse and junction 30 at Rothwell, was due to be completed by the end of October 2013. However the Highways Agency, working closely with its contractor bmJV, has been able to complete the work more than a month early.

Since work started, the Agency has been able to secure further cost savings of approximately £17million. Therefore, the final cost of the scheme is expected to be £133million.

Highways Agency project manager David Pilsworth, said: “At the beginning we had a lot of scepticism, a lot of uncertainty and a bit of fear from drivers. But the feedback I’m getting is that the system is working very well. It is easing congestion and making daily commutes and moving goods a lot smoother.

“We are seeing less collisions and less incidents. We have the ability to control that environment so when incidents do take place we can clear them as soon as possible and manage it much better and quicker and get the resources to the incidents.

“We would like to thank drivers for their patience over the last two years of roadworks. You can now see the benefits of easing congestion and moving around more freely and safely in that sense.”