M60 junction 18 Simister Island Interchange
Proposals to create extra capacity at junction 18 to reduce congestion and support economic growth.
In March 2020, the Government’s second Road Investment Strategy included a commitment for Highways England to improve Simister Island Interchange between the M62, M60 and M66.
Simister Island Interchange is one of the busiest motorway junctions in the north-west used by around 90,000 vehicles each day. The junction struggles with such high volumes of traffic above what it was designed for, and as a result suffers from congestion and poor journey time reliability.
The project will improve junction 18 of the M60 and facilitate smoother flows of traffic along the connecting motorways, contributing to more reliable and safer journeys into and around Greater Manchester.
The main aims of the scheme are:
- Improve the journey experience for users of this section of network by:
- reducing peak congestion
- reducing journey times
- delivering more reliable journey times
- Provide an option which is safe for all road users
- Minimise the impact of the project on the surrounding environment including within Noise Important Areas and Air Quality Management Areas
- Facilitate future economic growth across the Greater Manchester area and support delivery of proposed development sites close to the M60 and M66
We’ve carried out a preliminary environmental impact assessment of the proposed scheme design we are presenting for consultation. This environmental impact assessment is presented in our Preliminary Environmental Information Report.
We're also producing an Environmental Statement for the scheme, which will be published when complete to support our Development Consent Order application.
Visit our consultation webpage for all of our Simister Island Interchange PEIR chapter figures