M62 junction 20 to 25 smart motorway
Following a Government announcement in April 2023, a scheme to upgrade the M62 between junctions 20 to 25 is cancelled.
On 15 April 2023 the Government announced that plans for new smart motorways would be cancelled in recognition of the lack of public confidence felt by drivers and cost pressures. This follows an announcement in January 2022 to pause the rollout of new all lane running smart motorways yet to start construction.
The M62 junctions 20-25 upgrade is one of the schemes being cancelled.
The Government and National Highways continue to invest £900 million in further safety improvements on existing smart motorways, and to give motorists clear advice when using existing smart motorways.
For more information please visit: nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/smart-motorways-evidence-stocktake
The M62 is the only east-west motorway spanning the north of England. Running between Merseyside and Yorkshire through Cheshire and Greater Manchester, it serves as both a regional route for longer distance trips and as an important inter-urban route between the Manchester and Leeds city regions.
The M62 from junction 20 to 25 had been earmarked for upgrading to an all lane running motorway, converting the hard shoulder into a permanent traffic lane.
On 15 April 2023, the Government announced that plans for new smart motorways, including those for the M62 between junctions 20 and 25, would be cancelled in recognition of the lack of public confidence felt by drivers and cost pressures.
National Highways had intended to carry out a central reservation barrier upgrade on this section of the M62, which remains a conventional motorway with a hard shoulder. This work has now been cancelled following a further appraisal.
Safety is our top priority and we will consider future options for this stretch of motorway in due course.