M62 smart motorway saving drivers time

The number of people using the M62 smart motorway is increasing with drivers saving up to 30 minutes each week.

The £136 million Highways England scheme between Brighouse and Rothwell, which was finished in 2013, is designed to deliver better journeys for motorists in the busiest periods.

People travelling westbound in the evening towards Brighouse are saving almost five minutes each day, according to the statistics.

The study also shows that the journey time savings have been achieved as the number of drivers using the 15.5 mile stretch of the M62 between junction 25, Brighouse, and junction 30, Rothwell, has increased.

An average of 155,000 vehicles now use the busiest stretch of the route between junction 26 (Chain Bar) at Bradford and junction 27 for the M621 every day – an increase of 6%.

Delivering better journey times for drivers in West Yorkshire is a key part of the government’s plan to create a Northern Powerhouse.

The figures were published today (Tuesday) after Chancellor George Osborne said that new work to upgrade the M62 to a four-lane smart motorway from junctions 25, Brighouse, to junction 20, Rochdale, would be accelerated in his Budget.

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.”

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