Highways England has installed 175 airport runway-style lights at one of the country’s busiest junctions.
It has integrated 175 of the light-emitting diodes at an Switch Island in Merseyside which is used by more than 90,000 vehicles every day as part of a £3 million improvement project where the M57, M58 and three A roads join together.
Phil Tyrrell, project manager at Highways England, said: “We’re carrying out a major project to improve journeys and safety at Switch Island and are pleased we’ve now reached the stage where our new smart road lights can be switched on.
“We’ve found that some drivers can start drifting between lanes when they travel through the junction and the new LED road studs are a great way of guiding drivers and helping them stay in the correct lane, avoiding the risk of a collision.
“We’re keen to use new ideas to improve safety at Highways England and the new smart studs will benefit the tens of thousands of drivers who travel through Switch Island every day.”
The LED lights being used at Switch Island were designed by Oxfordshire-based company Clearview Intelligence, which worked with Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald on the project.
Andy Salotti, Clearview’s director of solutions, said the LED road studs “illuminate in synchronisation with the green traffic signals”.
He added: “This is the first time a project involving dynamic delineation has ever been introduced at a major motorway junction on the strategic road network in England.”
LED smart road lights are already part of a number of roads across the country, with Highways England having already put them in the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey while Transport Scotland use them at a major junction near Edinburgh.