M62 Junctions 25 to 30 Dynamic Hard Shoulder enhancements

We are upgrading dynamic hard shoulder motorways – starting with the central reservation barriers

Start date April 2022
End date TBC
Cost TBC

Latest updates

  • 29 April 2022

    Update - April 2022

    We are in the early stages of the road works, and the traffic management is still being established. 

    A 50mph speed limit will be in place to protect the travelling public and the workforce while this is being implemented. If an incident occurs the speed limit can be reduced to 40mph for safety reasons. Average speed cameras will be in use.

    In periods when we are not working, such as over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, the speed limit will be increased to 60mph.

  • 07 March 2022

    Work starts to upgrade barriers

    Work to upgrade safety barriers along busy sections of motorway will get underway in April 2022.

    The M62 around junction 27 at Gildersome will have its steel central reservation barrier upgraded to concrete.

    The work is part of a series of safety enhancements we are bringing to dynamic hard shoulder motorways across the country.

Project information

Overview

The barrier upgrade has been developed as part of our work to upgrade older Dynamic Hard Shoulder motorways to the latest safety standard.

As announced in the Government response to the Transport Committee recommendations, the conversion of DHS motorway to All Lane Running is being paused, while we consider alternative ways in which to operate the dynamic hard shoulder.

In the meantime, we will be installing further safety measures for DHS motorways are in operation, including upgrading the central reservation barrier.

Work will get underway this month in Yorkshire on a 1.7-mile section of the M62 between junctions 26 at Chain Bar and 28 at Tingley. Construction starts on 19 April and is expected to be complete in the Autumn

Three lanes will remain open to traffic, with lane 4 closed and lane 3 slightly narrowed. There will be a reduced 50mph speed limit while work is being carried out. Occasional overnight closures will be needed, which will have fully signed diversion routes in place

We will do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum, but we expect that delays could be severe at peak times, so we are encouraging drivers to plan their journeys to avoid peak times if possible.

Concrete barriers are even stronger than metal ones and significantly reduce the risk of vehicles crossing over from one carriageway to another, improving safety and reducing the duration of incident-related congestion.

They are also virtually maintenance free and will last twice as long as normal metal barriers, with far less need for closures for routine repairs.

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Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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