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North West's first smart motorway is fully operational

Manchester smart motorway

The first smart motorway in the north west of England is fully operational. 

The final section of the M60 between junction 10 and junction 18 now boasts extra technologies such as CCTV cameras and electronic signs.

Highways England senior project manager Jonathan Stokes hailed the milestone ahead of the launch. 

He said: “Going ‘live’ this week marks the most significant milestone for this project. We would like to thank users of the M60 and M62 and people living around them for their patience and support over the last few years while we have worked to deliver this vital investment in what is an almost uniquely complex environment.

“Although this is the first smart motorway in the North West the system has been running successfully in other parts of the country for several years – including around Leeds – and we’re confident it will deliver safer, smoother and more reliable journeys.”

The smart motorway also includes an extra running lane in both directions on the M62 and M60. The changes are designed to tackle congestion and ease driving conditions in the area.

The upgrade is part of a host of improvements being made to motorways in the Northwest. This includes a £100 million investment into maintenance work and resurfacing being made by Highways England, and four more smart motorway improvements that will provide 90 miles of extra local motorway.

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