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Greater Manchester’s first smart motorway fully operational

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Highways England has announced that the upgrade of the M60 in Greater Manchester to a smart motorway is now complete.

The technology has gone live on the final section of the M60 between junctions 10 18, meaning that the whole of the motorway between junction 8 of the M60 at Sale and junction 20 of the M62 at Rochdale is fully operational – a first for the region.

Highways England says that as well as an extra running lane in each direction along the M62 between junction 18 and junction 20, intensive extra technology, such as CCTV cameras and electronic signs, has been provided along both M60 and M62 sections as well as variable mandatory speed limits.

Highways England senior project manager Jonathan Stokes said, “Going live marks the most significant milestone for this project. We would like to thank users of the M60 and M62 and people living around them for their patience and support over the last few years while we have worked to deliver this vital investment in what is an almost uniquely complex environment.

“Although this is the first smart motorway in the North West the system has been running successfully in other parts of the country for several years – including around Leeds – and we’re confident it will deliver safer, smoother and more reliable journeys.”

Four more smart motorway improvements – delivering 90 miles of extra lanes to the local motorway network – are also due to be constructed during the next few years.


The Government, Highways England and camera suppliers and speed camera partnerships may think this is an ‘upgrade’ but that is not how most drivers perceive it!
As a user of ‘Smart’ motorways they are a total disaster, with endless speed restrictions for no reason, other than some idiot in a ‘control centre’ panicking every time they see a plastic bag about to blow across the road and thinks that this justifies a downgraded speed limit and miles of self induced congestion!