M60 Junctions 8-12 Managed Motorways: Smart Motorway

Project status:   Withdrawn
Region:  North West


Start date:   TBC
End date:  TBC


Type:   Major Scheme
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Major Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)

Cost:  TBC


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What was the proposal?

We proposed to improve the capacity of the M60 between junctions 8 and 12 by making it a "managed motorway" between junctions 10a and 13.

Managed motorways help relieve congestion by using technology to vary speed limits. They also allow the hard shoulder to be used as a running lane at peak times to create additional capacity. They deliver these benefits at a significantly lower cost than conventional motorway widening and with less impact on the environment during construction. Find out more about Managed Motorways.

The proposal was to implement hard shoulder running over the 4 miles with a reduced speed limit for the entire stretch of the M60 between junctions 8 and 12. The proposals include lengths of narrow lanes to avoid expensive structural works and land take.

Why was the scheme [cancelled/withdrawn]?

This scheme, along with M60 Junction 15 to 12 Lane Gain and M62 Junction 18 to 20 Managed Motorway, was one of three schemes originally announced as part of the 2010 spending review.

These individual schemes have now been combined into one scheme, M60 Junction 8 to M62 Junction 20 Manchester Managed Motorways.

How do I find out more information?

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

Business Case

M60 Junctions 8-12 Managed Motorways - Business Case
Business Case for the M60 Junctions 8-12 Managed Motorways scheme