CONGESTION could be cut under a £150 million scheme to turn the M62 into the north’s first managed motorway.
A 15.5-mile stretch from Brighouse to Rothwell will have the hard shoulder opened as an extra traffic lane during rush hours in a bid to improve journey times.
Variable speed limits will also be imposed along the route, between junctions 25 and 30.
Work is due to start between October and December, and the scheme is expected to open to traffic in 2013 to 2014.
The Highways Agency estimates the scheme will save it £48 million.
Roads Minister Mike Penning said: “The investment will provide much needed additional capacity, easing congestion and making journey times more reliable for more than 140,000 road users.
“Our experience elsewhere shows that managed motorways deliver significant safety and journey time benefits.
“That’s why the Government has committed to start work on 11 managed motorway schemes by 2015, including on the M62.”