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£20m M62 scheme to get underway

Date:20th May 2013.
First stage of the managed motorway scheme on the M62 between J28 (Tingley) and J27 Gildersome, whereby motorists are aloud to drive on the hard shoulder.

Date:20th May 2013. First stage of the managed motorway scheme on the M62 between J28 (Tingley) and J27 Gildersome, whereby motorists are aloud to drive on the hard shoulder.

Motorists could face delays as work on a £20m M62 scheme near Pontefract gets underway next month.

The scheme – expected to take until the end of the year to complete – aims to relieve congestion.

The work – part of the government’s £317m national ‘pinch point’ programme – will include new CCTV cameras and automatic traffic monitoring between junction 30 at Rothwell and junction 32 at Pontefract.

Data will then be sent to the Highways Agency’s regional control centre in Wakefield which will be able to apply temporary speed limits on new electronic signs which will also be installed.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said the hard shoulder would be closed from the end of February with 50mph speed limit in force.

There could also be overnight lane or carriageway closures.

He added: “This is a significant investment in safety and technology measures around one of the busiest motorway interchanges in the region.

“The combination of new electronic signs, automatic queue warning system and extended CCTV coverage into our regional control centre at Wakefield will increase the amount and frequency of information we can get to motorway users.

“This will help to provide safer and more reliable journeys and also boost the local economy.

“The better intelligence provided by the additional cameras will also make it easier for Highways Agency traffic officers and partners such as the police to respond to and manage incidents – again improving safety and journey reliability.”

For more information on the project and any lane closures visit the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk

 

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