Highways England says drivers using the M62 smart motorway are saving up to 30 minutes each week, despite an increase in the number of people using the road.
According to statistics, the £136 million scheme between Brighouse and Rothwell, which was finished in 2013, saw people travelling west in the evening towards Brighouse saving almost five minutes each day whilst the number of drivers using the 15.5 mile stretch is up 6%.
Roger Wantling, service delivery team leader for Highways England, said, “these latest figures show that the smart motorway really is making a difference to people’s lives saving commuters an average of 30 minutes a week, which works out at over a day a year.
“The smart motorway helps tackle the stop-start conditions many of us have experienced in the past, using the variable speed limits and opening up the hard shoulder on parts of the M62 during busy times to target congestion.
“This first year study into the impact of the scheme shows it’s had significant benefits for journey times as well as improving safety, and benefitting the wider economy.”