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|From:||Knotty Ash (SJ404902)|
|To:||North Cave (SE874313)|
|Length:||107 miles (172.2 km)|
|Meets:||M6, M60, M66, A627(M), M606, M621, M1, A1(M), M18|
|Now part of:||M60|
|Goole • Huddersfield • Liverpool • Pontefract • Rochdale •|
|Route outline (key)|
The M62 is the Lancashire - Yorkshire Motorway, passing from Liverpool on the west coast via the outskirts of Manchester, Bradford and Leeds to the high-quality A63 to the west of Hull. The section to between Liverpool and Salford was originally allocated the number M52 (though this was changed before it was built), whilst the section between Eccles (junction 12) and Simister (junction 18) was renumbered to M60 in 1998.
The number M62 was originally allocated to the Stretford–Eccles Bypass, then mostly renumbered to M63 and now entirely part of M60. There were plans to create an express motorway between Eccles and Simister allowing Trans-Pennine traffic to not have to use what is now the M60.
Main Article: Simister Island
Simister Island forms the north eastern corner of the M60 Manchester Outer Ring Road. Opened in 1970 as a standard two level roundabout with provision for an underpass onto the Bury Easterly Bypass (now M66) when constructed, it has since become vastly over-capacity. In 1999 as part of the creation of the M60, the interchange was given free-flow sliproads for all left turns, and the circulatory carriageway was widened to four lanes with colour-coded Spiral Roundabout markings to direct traffic through the newly signalised junction.
Chain Bar Interchange
Main Article: Chain Bar Interchange
Chain Bar forms the southern terminus of the M606 near Bradford in Yorkshire. The main junction is a multi-lane signalised roundabout located beneath both the M62 and M606, providing connections to both motorways and the A58 and A638. The M606 itself has direct sliproads to and from Manchester as a means of improving access to the Pennine section of the M62. The westbound flyover is subject to a 50 mph speed restriction which is enforced by speed cameras.
Main Article: Lofthouse Interchange
Lofthouse Interchange connects the M1 with the M62. It initially opened in 1970 as a standard three-level roundabout. The likely reason for this was the unrealised proposals for the Flockton Link Motorway which would have cut the corner for M62 east to M1 south movements. This never happened and the roundabout consequently became a horrendous bottleneck, much like Simister Island to the west.
Main Article: Birch services
Main Article: Ferrybridge services
Main Article: Burtonwood services
M62 Stretford - Eccles Bypass
M62 Unbuilt Liverpool Section
M62 Relief Road
Much of the M62's total length is lit due to the high traffic volumes.
|4-6||Yes||Mix of high mast SON and conventional SOX||High mast lighting through urban section|
|11-12||No||Eastbound verge lighting (SON) approaching J12|
|12-18 (M60)||Yes||Mix of conventional SOX and SON|
|18-30||Yes||Mix of conventional SOX and SON|
Not all of the lighting is original to the motorway, indeed much of it opened without lighting but was retrofitted due to concerns over traffic volumes and weather patterns (particularly in the moorland section between J21-28). A major lighting replacement scheme on numerous sections took place during 2011/12. Before that, the lighting stock between J18-20 was replaced in 2003 as part of a wider signing and lighting package.
|Route||Junctions||Type||2008 AADT||2009 AADT|