Three years of delays as M60 is converted to 'smart motorway'

The Bolton News: An artist's impression showing how the "smart motorway" will look. Picture from the Highways Agency. An artist's impression showing how the "smart motorway" will look. Picture from the Highways Agency.

A MULTI-million pound project to improve motorway journey times is set to get under way today.

Highways Agency bosses are spending £208 million on changing a 17-mile stretch of road from the M60 at Sale to the M62 at Rochdale — which covers the M61 junction to and from Bolton — into a "smart motorway".

This will allow state-ofthe-art technology to measure traffic levels and set varied speed limits to keep vehicles moving as efficiently as possible.

When not used in emergencies, the hard shoulder will become an extra lane for motorists between junctions 18 and 20 on the M62.

Stephen Greenhalgh, from the Highways Agency, said: “These improvements are part of the record £24 billion investment the government is making in the road network.

“Once completed, the smart motorway will tackle the congestion and unpredictable journey times that users of the M60 and M62 experience every day.

“It is also good news for the construction industry as more than 1,000 jobs will be created.”

From today, engineers will survey the road and carry out ground investigation work.

Some sections of the hard shoulder will be cordoned off, but are still usable in an emergency and broken-down vehicles will be removed for free.

From next Monday, a 50mph limit will apply on the M62 and will then gradually be extended across the length of the smart motorway route over following weeks.

All lanes on the motorway will remain open during the day, but some overnight closures will be required later in the project.

Mr Greenhalgh added: “We will do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum, but motorists are still well advised to leave enough time for their journeys.”

The planned completion date is the autumn of 2017.

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10:29am Mon 14 Jul 14

andy5747 says...

What a waste of time and money. I have the pleasure of driving the section between the M61 & the M66 everyday. At least 50% of the time there is a car broken down on the hard shoulder. At the moment we all just drive past and think nothing of it. When a car breaks down when there is no hard shoulder the lights will be flashing for a mile before and everybody will low down to see whats going on.
What a waste of time and money. I have the pleasure of driving the section between the M61 & the M66 everyday. At least 50% of the time there is a car broken down on the hard shoulder. At the moment we all just drive past and think nothing of it. When a car breaks down when there is no hard shoulder the lights will be flashing for a mile before and everybody will low down to see whats going on. andy5747
  • Score: 2

10:53am Mon 14 Jul 14

mililly says...

I dont understand why it takes 3yrs...the m60 is horrendous at the best of times with all the slip roads on and off not sure whether any of this work will actually make any differdnce. Maybe that amount of money would be better spent fixing the roads we currently have that are a mess.
I dont understand why it takes 3yrs...the m60 is horrendous at the best of times with all the slip roads on and off not sure whether any of this work will actually make any differdnce. Maybe that amount of money would be better spent fixing the roads we currently have that are a mess. mililly
  • Score: 13

11:39am Mon 14 Jul 14

atlas123 says...

andy5747 wrote:
What a waste of time and money. I have the pleasure of driving the section between the M61 & the M66 everyday. At least 50% of the time there is a car broken down on the hard shoulder. At the moment we all just drive past and think nothing of it. When a car breaks down when there is no hard shoulder the lights will be flashing for a mile before and everybody will low down to see whats going on.
When a car breaks down the operators/system will take the Hard Shoulder out of use as a live lane and the MWay will revert to a standard system.

It works perfectly well in the rest of the country.


I expect that only a a few miles of the M60 will be affected at any one time as the works roll around the road.
[quote][p][bold]andy5747[/bold] wrote: What a waste of time and money. I have the pleasure of driving the section between the M61 & the M66 everyday. At least 50% of the time there is a car broken down on the hard shoulder. At the moment we all just drive past and think nothing of it. When a car breaks down when there is no hard shoulder the lights will be flashing for a mile before and everybody will low down to see whats going on.[/p][/quote]When a car breaks down the operators/system will take the Hard Shoulder out of use as a live lane and the MWay will revert to a standard system. It works perfectly well in the rest of the country. I expect that only a a few miles of the M60 will be affected at any one time as the works roll around the road. atlas123
  • Score: 11

12:29pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Think About This! says...

atlas123 wrote:
andy5747 wrote:
What a waste of time and money. I have the pleasure of driving the section between the M61 & the M66 everyday. At least 50% of the time there is a car broken down on the hard shoulder. At the moment we all just drive past and think nothing of it. When a car breaks down when there is no hard shoulder the lights will be flashing for a mile before and everybody will low down to see whats going on.
When a car breaks down the operators/system will take the Hard Shoulder out of use as a live lane and the MWay will revert to a standard system.

It works perfectly well in the rest of the country.


I expect that only a a few miles of the M60 will be affected at any one time as the works roll around the road.
Having used the M42 and M25, both "smart" motorways, I can assure you that they do nothing to help traffic flow. They regularly cause delays of up to 2 hours. The many millions that have already ben spent could have been better used improving the road network.
Just one other thing, who decides to implement these schemes? I don't recall being given a say in any election
[quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy5747[/bold] wrote: What a waste of time and money. I have the pleasure of driving the section between the M61 & the M66 everyday. At least 50% of the time there is a car broken down on the hard shoulder. At the moment we all just drive past and think nothing of it. When a car breaks down when there is no hard shoulder the lights will be flashing for a mile before and everybody will low down to see whats going on.[/p][/quote]When a car breaks down the operators/system will take the Hard Shoulder out of use as a live lane and the MWay will revert to a standard system. It works perfectly well in the rest of the country. I expect that only a a few miles of the M60 will be affected at any one time as the works roll around the road.[/p][/quote]Having used the M42 and M25, both "smart" motorways, I can assure you that they do nothing to help traffic flow. They regularly cause delays of up to 2 hours. The many millions that have already ben spent could have been better used improving the road network. Just one other thing, who decides to implement these schemes? I don't recall being given a say in any election Think About This!
  • Score: 8

12:41pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Bowden Boy says...

If the Labour Government hadn't stopped the M62 by-pass being built, from Worsley to Birch in 1997, we wouldn't have the problems we have!! This motorway would have had no exits or entries and be a direct through route for all Lancashire to Yorkshire traffic, taking a huge amount of vehicles off the M60 orbital.
If the Labour Government hadn't stopped the M62 by-pass being built, from Worsley to Birch in 1997, we wouldn't have the problems we have!! This motorway would have had no exits or entries and be a direct through route for all Lancashire to Yorkshire traffic, taking a huge amount of vehicles off the M60 orbital. Bowden Boy
  • Score: 21

12:52pm Mon 14 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

You could fill a lot of potholes with that kind of money.
You could fill a lot of potholes with that kind of money. boltonnut
  • Score: 12

1:38pm Mon 14 Jul 14

stereo_world says...

So at the rate things are going, we're getting less hard shoulders and less hospitals. This is a recipe for disaster.
So at the rate things are going, we're getting less hard shoulders and less hospitals. This is a recipe for disaster. stereo_world
  • Score: 6

2:17pm Mon 14 Jul 14

atlas123 says...

Think About This! wrote:
atlas123 wrote:
andy5747 wrote:
What a waste of time and money. I have the pleasure of driving the section between the M61 & the M66 everyday. At least 50% of the time there is a car broken down on the hard shoulder. At the moment we all just drive past and think nothing of it. When a car breaks down when there is no hard shoulder the lights will be flashing for a mile before and everybody will low down to see whats going on.
When a car breaks down the operators/system will take the Hard Shoulder out of use as a live lane and the MWay will revert to a standard system.

It works perfectly well in the rest of the country.


I expect that only a a few miles of the M60 will be affected at any one time as the works roll around the road.
Having used the M42 and M25, both "smart" motorways, I can assure you that they do nothing to help traffic flow. They regularly cause delays of up to 2 hours. The many millions that have already ben spent could have been better used improving the road network.
Just one other thing, who decides to implement these schemes? I don't recall being given a say in any election
I disagree, there are some cases where the stop start traffic jams are inevitable, however when volumes of traffic are simply high these schemes and their speed demands backed up by enforcement modulate the traffic well.

The people who dont like them are those who want to disregard the 30/40/50/60mph limits and drive at the speed that suits them.

Traffic dynamics are highly complex and something of a black art once humans are thrown into the mix.
[quote][p][bold]Think About This![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]atlas123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andy5747[/bold] wrote: What a waste of time and money. I have the pleasure of driving the section between the M61 & the M66 everyday. At least 50% of the time there is a car broken down on the hard shoulder. At the moment we all just drive past and think nothing of it. When a car breaks down when there is no hard shoulder the lights will be flashing for a mile before and everybody will low down to see whats going on.[/p][/quote]When a car breaks down the operators/system will take the Hard Shoulder out of use as a live lane and the MWay will revert to a standard system. It works perfectly well in the rest of the country. I expect that only a a few miles of the M60 will be affected at any one time as the works roll around the road.[/p][/quote]Having used the M42 and M25, both "smart" motorways, I can assure you that they do nothing to help traffic flow. They regularly cause delays of up to 2 hours. The many millions that have already ben spent could have been better used improving the road network. Just one other thing, who decides to implement these schemes? I don't recall being given a say in any election[/p][/quote]I disagree, there are some cases where the stop start traffic jams are inevitable, however when volumes of traffic are simply high these schemes and their speed demands backed up by enforcement modulate the traffic well. The people who dont like them are those who want to disregard the 30/40/50/60mph limits and drive at the speed that suits them. Traffic dynamics are highly complex and something of a black art once humans are thrown into the mix. atlas123
  • Score: 2

3:19pm Mon 14 Jul 14

OutforNow says...

The problem is more capacity than flow. The money would be better spent on widening the motorways than trying a quick fix bodge.

I moved to Dubai a while ago and most motorways here are 6 lanes plus a hard shoulder. Never sat in a Jam on one yet...
The problem is more capacity than flow. The money would be better spent on widening the motorways than trying a quick fix bodge. I moved to Dubai a while ago and most motorways here are 6 lanes plus a hard shoulder. Never sat in a Jam on one yet... OutforNow
  • Score: 5

4:25pm Mon 14 Jul 14

breightmet kid says...

Well we all know that Transport agencies do not consult one another, now we have the proof. The railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton is due to close for electrification and now they propose to do major roadworks on the motorway. Utter chaos ensues.

Planning in this region is a joke.
Well we all know that Transport agencies do not consult one another, now we have the proof. The railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton is due to close for electrification and now they propose to do major roadworks on the motorway. Utter chaos ensues. Planning in this region is a joke. breightmet kid
  • Score: 5

4:46pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Maybe_Tomorrow says...

I'm using the M25 and M42 on a weekly basis and the system does not alleviate traffic flow or even helps with traffic collisions...and Just like these systems at peak travel times the smart speed signs will say 50mph and we will be sitting at 10>20mph as normal. Really money well spent, no...simply deflecting the real issue of our ageing roads..!
I'm using the M25 and M42 on a weekly basis and the system does not alleviate traffic flow or even helps with traffic collisions...and Just like these systems at peak travel times the smart speed signs will say 50mph and we will be sitting at 10>20mph as normal. Really money well spent, no...simply deflecting the real issue of our ageing roads..! Maybe_Tomorrow
  • Score: 4

7:52pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Andy Higham says...

This scheme does not address the problem with this stretch of motorway.
It was designed by an incompetent imbicile
3 lanes of traffic from the M61 + 2 lanes of traffic from the A666 + 4 lanes of traffic from the M62/M60 I make that 9 lanes all converging on to 4 lanes before splitting up again into the M62, M60 and M602.
This scheme does not address the problem with this stretch of motorway. It was designed by an incompetent imbicile 3 lanes of traffic from the M61 + 2 lanes of traffic from the A666 + 4 lanes of traffic from the M62/M60 I make that 9 lanes all converging on to 4 lanes before splitting up again into the M62, M60 and M602. Andy Higham
  • Score: 6

10:52pm Mon 14 Jul 14

frank bough says...

How about closing the Trafford Centre until THEIR roads don't back traffic onto the M60
How about closing the Trafford Centre until THEIR roads don't back traffic onto the M60 frank bough
  • Score: 9

10:59pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

frank bough wrote:
How about closing the Trafford Centre until THEIR roads don't back traffic onto the M60
It should never have been built in that location.
[quote][p][bold]frank bough[/bold] wrote: How about closing the Trafford Centre until THEIR roads don't back traffic onto the M60[/p][/quote]It should never have been built in that location. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 7

10:24am Tue 15 Jul 14

BBBBBBXX says...

Sorting out middle lane hoggers would have a better effect!
Sorting out middle lane hoggers would have a better effect! BBBBBBXX
  • Score: 8

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