The Department for Transport has confirmed that smart motorways are a key part of its plans to create what it calls a Northern Powerhouse, and that it will be upgrading key sections of the M60, M1 and M6.
It’s part of a £2.9 billion commitment to road improvements by the year 2020.
The Government’s Northern transport strategy spring 2016 report also sets out plans for transformative projects such as Smart North – a system to help passengers switch easily between buses, trains and trams across the region while ensuring value for money.
It also updates on some of the key improvements made over the last year across the region, including smart ticketing designed to deliver better journeys for passengers.
Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP said, “This report and our huge investment in transport in the north demonstrate this government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse. From smart motorways and rail franchising to potentially revolutionary future projects including Smart North and Northern Powerhouse rail, our work is delivering easier and swifter journeys for passengers, and supporting jobs and growth across the region.”