Highways England promising ‘smoother, more reliable journeys’… by installing traffic lights on one of the UK’s busiest motorways

November 14, 2017
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Traffic lights are to be installed at one of the busiest motorway junctions in the UK to provide “smoother, more reliable journeys”.

A new £7m project will see lights installed near the junction of the M6 and M62 in Warrington, Cheshire – but many are wondering how this will improve travel?

Lights are currently used to control traffic joining motorways from some slip roads.

However, the new plans from Highways England will see them introduced on the link road from the M6 onto the eastbound M62.

Along with the new traffic lights, Highways England says variable mandatory speed limits and electronic information signs on the M62 will be used to provide more reliable journeys.

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Andy Withington, Highways England’s programme delivery manager for the north west, said the new scheme is an opportunity to cut congestion during peak hours.

“This is an opportunity to combine existing technology and traffic management systems in a novel way to see whether we can give drivers using the frequently congested eastbound M62 lower journey times during peak hours and smoother, more reliable journeys,” he said.

“Once the system is fully up and running, we’ll be monitoring its use over a period of up to a year.

“If it is successful – and we believe it will be – it could well be used on other motorway to motorway link roads across the country.”


Motorways in Surrey have also undergone big changes in a bid to cut congestion.

Earlier in the year, for example, the M3 Smart Motorway project fully opened with cutting-edge technology installed to detect incidents and actively manage traffic.

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Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/highways-england-promising-smoother-more-13895894


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