A £7 million trial is set to begin next month in Cheshire, which will see traffic lights introduced at the Croft Interchange where the M6 meets the M62 as a bid to cut growing congestion. In December, the first stage of the trial will begin, with lights operating in the eastbound side of the M62, heading towards Manchester, accompanied by speed restrictions. In January, the scheme will be further rolled up to cover the link road between the M6 and the eastbound section of the M62.
Congestion currently costs the UK economy £9 billion each year, with 61% drivers saying they believe the motorways to have got busier in the last year. Andy Withington of Highways England said: “Once the system is fully up and running we’ll be monitoring its use over a period of up to a year. If it is successful – and we believe it will be – it could well be used on other motorway to motorway link roads across the country.”
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