'Smart Motorway' launch

A scheme opening the hard shoulder of a section of motorway in Manchester to ease congestion is launched today.

'Smart Motorway' scheme launched

An artist's impression of the M60 at Trafford Credit: Highways Agency

A scheme opening the hard shoulder of a section of motorway in Manchester to ease congestion is being launched.

The smart motorways scheme will be introduced on a 17-mile stretch between Junction 8 of the M60 near Sale and Junction 20 of the M62 near Rochdale

How the M60 will look at Stretford Credit: Highways Agency

The system will use technology to monitor traffic levels, provide traffic information to road users, and try to ease congestion by using variable speed limits on overhead signs.

The hard shoulder will be permanently converted into an extra lane on a five-mile stretch of the M62 between Junctions 18 and 20 which links the North West to Yorkshire.