New speed restrictions during £20m upgrade scheme on M62 between Leeds and Pontefract

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WORK on a £20m scheme designed to ease congestion on the M62 is set to get underway next month.

Motorists could face delays until the end of the year, when the Highways Agency scheme is expected to be completed.

New CCTV cameras, automatic traffic monitoring systems and electronic signs will be installed between junction 30 for Rothwell/Wakefield and junction 32 for Castleford/Pontefract.

Data will then be sent to the Highways Agency’s regional control centre in Wakefield, which will be able to apply temporary speed limits.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said the hard shoulder would be closed from the end of February with a 50mph speed limit in force.

There could also be overnight lane or carriageway closures.

The spokesman added: “This is a significant investment in safety and technology measures around one of the busiest motorway interchanges in the region.

“The combination of new electronic signs, automatic queue warning system and extended CCTV coverage into our regional control centre at Wakefield will increase the amount and frequency of information we can get to motorway users.

“This will help to provide safer and more reliable journeys and also boost the local economy.

“The better intelligence provided by the additional cameras will also make it easier for Highways Agency traffic officers and partners such as the police to respond to and manage incidents – again improving safety and journey reliability.”

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