Slip road lights to ease motorway traffic

November 15 2017   | Region: Cymru Wales, East Midlands, East of England, London, North East & Cumbria, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire & the Humber

Slip road lights to ease motorway traffic

Motorists interchanging from the M6 onto the M62 in Cheshire can soon expect to be held at traffic lights at peak times on the slip road before merging.

The Highways England pilot at the Croft Interchange near Warrington is designed to reduce congestion along the eastbound M62 – one of the busiest commuter congestion hotspots in the region.

Testing of the scheme began this week and, once completed this winter, traffic lights on the motorway link roads from the M6 will combine with electronic information signs and variable speed limits on the M62 to smooth traffic flows.

Highways England’s programme delivery manager for the North West, Andy Withington said: “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 added: “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.”

The new system will be introduced to the Croft Interchange in two phases. The variable message signs will be introduced first, displaying speed limits and other information such as warnings of congestion.

The second phase of the scheme will see the traffic lights switched on at the end of the link roads onto the eastbound M62. Traffic leaving the M6 during the morning peak will be closely monitored and the lights will be controlled to minimise queuing onto the M6.

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