M60 J8-18 and M62 J18-20 Smart Motorway

Scheme outline

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.

This scheme was completed in and we're no longer accepting updates or changes to this page.

This scheme is part of the Smart Motorways programme of works.

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15 June 2016

The latest phase of a major project to tackle congestion and improve journey times on the M60 and M62 is due to start on Tuesday 14 June. Contractors for Highways England will begin work to upgrade 56 overhead gantries on the 17-mile smart motorway route between junction 8 of the M60 near Sale and junction 20 of the M62 near Rochdale, so that they can be fitted with new electronic signs.

21 December 2017

The electronic signs on the section between M60 J8-10 are now in use.

10 January 2018

The electronic signs are now in use on the M62 section, between J18 and J20. The hard shoulder on this stretch also opened to traffic just before Christmas - but the whole scheme is still restricted to 50mph at all times while finishing works and testing takes place.

14 January 2018

On the M60 between J10 and J14, the narrow lanes have been reconfigured, and barrier work appears to be taking place.

22 March 2018

All work on M60 J8-J10 (including testing) now appears to be complete and the 50mph speed limit has been removed, bringing this section into full Smart Motorway use, with variable speed limits operating as traffic demands.

24 May 2018

New gantry signs and signals are gradually being installed between j10 and j18, and new concrete central reservation barriers are being built, especially around j13. These works mean another series of overnight closures.
Meanwhile M62 j20-18 and M60 j8-10 have both been fully operating as Smart Motorways for 2 months.

28 May 2018

Many gantries are now complete, with electronic signs fitted. Narrow lanes have been lifted on the Clockwise carriageway between J15 and J17. The scheme visually appears to be nearing completion.

29 July 2018

Narrow lanes have been lifted from the entire stretch. All gantries and VMS are now complete and functioning. On the M60 between J10 and J18 the VMS are displaying a 50 mph speed limit. Also an improvement has been made the the clockwise J18 exit slip.

2 August 2018

Highways England have now announced the completion of this scheme.

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With thanks to Mark_Long for information on this page.