Road investment on the M62 & M621

Improvements to the M62 and M621 are among the next phase of investment schemes planned by Highways England.

The government has said it will triple levels of spending on England’s roads to £15bn by the end of the decade, to both increase capacity and condition.  Around £1.3bn of that money is ear-marked for Yorkshire.

Five schemes are due to start by 2019/20:

• M62/M606 Chain Bar, tackle delays between Leeds and Bradford
• M621 junctions 1 to 7, to reduce congestion
• M62 junctions 20 to 25 (Rochdale – Brighouse), smart motorway upgrade (extra lane, variable speed limits)
• M1 Junction 45 (Temple Newsam/Pontefract Lane), improve access to Aire Valley development
• A63 Castle Street, Hull

A spokesperson for Highways England said: “It’s vital that we continue to improve the existing road network [and to] invest in resurfacing, safety barriers and other maintenance projects across Yorkshire.  In addition to the £1.3bn, we will be spending £100m a year for the next five years on maintenance and smaller scale improvement schemes.”