The M60 Manchester Outer Ring Road is a trundling loop of more than thirty miles that forms the hub of the dense motorway network serving Lancashire, and includes - by some measures at least - the busiest section of motorway in the country.
M60 J8-18 and M62 J18-20 Smart Motorway 17 June 2016
Installation of Smart Motorway technology to a substantial length of M60 and M62, stretching from M60 J8 (the Carrington Spur near Trafford) to M62 J20 (the A627(M) between Oldham and Rochdale).
The scheme will introduce variable speed limits, hard shoulder running and new emergency refuge areas in an attempt to increase capacity and improve traffic flows on this congested length of motorway.
M60 Widening J15 to J12 26 October 2014
Widening of the anti-clockwise M60 carriageway between J15 (M61) and J12 (M62/M602).
This is a very congested part of the M60 and currently only has three lanes anti-clockwise as opposed to four clockwise lanes. It's not yet clear what will happen when the widened carriageway meets the traffic joining at J13 only a short distance before the double lane-drop for the M60/M62 interchange.
The scheme has been dropped and replaced with a Smart Motorway scheme extending over a larger area.
M60 J2-4 Improvements 28 April 2012
The aims of the scheme are to reduce congestion and improve safety on a section of the M60 south of Manchester.
The scheme consists of widening the anticlockwise carriageway of the M60 between j4-2 from 3 to 4 lanes, and widening the exit slip road onto the A34 at j3. Traffic lights at the nearby A34/A560 crossroads will also be improved.
The main construction phase is due to run from June to October 2012.
M60 J8-12 Managed Motorway 13 January 2012
Introduction of dynamic hard shoulder running (use of the hard shoulder as an extra lane during busy periods) on the M60 between junctions 8 and 12 (Eccles Interchange), with the aim of reducing congestion.
In order to keep costs down, and obviate the need for additional land, parts of the scheme will include narrow lanes. The completed section will be subject to a reduced speed limit.
This scheme was cancelled in favour of a larger scheme to upgrade a larger length of the M60 to Smart Motorway.
M60 Widening J5-8 26 October 2008
Widening of the M60 between junctions 5 and 8, to include dual-three lane main carriageways and dual-two lane carriageways alongside. The two-lane carriageways will access junctions, while the three-lane ones will pass through from 5 to 8 without entry or exit points. Junctions 5 and 7 will be remodelled and the A6144(M) will lose motorway status as part of the works.