M62 works set for end of year

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TRANSPORT bosses have unveiled a timetable of improvement works for the M62.

The Highways Agency has revealed that improvement works will take place over the next 12 months between junction 25 to 30. The managed motorway scheme would open the hard shoulder to traffic during rush hours and includes variable speed limit signs to reduce hold-ups.

It was given the go-ahead by the government following the Comprehensive Spending Review in November last year, alongside several similar projects across the country.

It is hoped that by reducing congestion and improving the infrastructure, it will give businesses a boost around West Yorkshire.

Roads minister Mike Penning said: “These schemes will deliver vital investment across the strategic road network, driving economic growth and boosting the UK economy.

“They will also provide much-needed additional capacity - easing congestion and making journey times more reliable for road users, including hauliers and commuters.

“For every pound invested on these schemes on average we will get back £7 of benefits to the economy with some delivering even higher returns.”

It’s hoped that much of the work can start between October and December this year.