Drivers in the English county of Cheshire are experiencing driving on the biggest ever upgrade of the M6 in the county.
A £256 million (€298 million) project by Highways England has been completed. The project has added extra lanes and new technology to a 19 mile stretch of the motorway between Crewe and Knutsford, the most significant change since the M6 first opened in 1963.
A fourth lane has been introduced in each direction as well as a total of 258 electronic signs, 104 traffic sensors and 70 CCTV cameras. All of which will help to tackle congestion and improve journey times for around 120,000 drivers every day.
Chief Executive of Highways England, Jim O’Sullivan said, “Tens of thousands of drivers travel on the M6 beteen Crewe and Knutsford each day making it one of the busiest stretches of motorway in the country, so the extra lanes and new technology will help make the M6 fit for the future.”
The new overhead electronic signs will provide drivers with live information about their journeys and new traffic sensors at the side of the motorway will be used to automatically set variable speed limits.
The new CCTV cameras will provide extensive coverage of the motorway in order to help Highways England’s traffic officers as well as the emergency services.
Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling has said, “We are investing record amounts to improve journeys for people right across the country, including £13 billion (€15 billion) on transport in the North.”