Smart Motorway installation continues on M6 | Knutsford Times

Smart Motorway installation continues on M6

By on December 12, 2018
An illustration showing the M6 works
Highways England has pledged to complete upgrades on the M6 between Crewe and Knutsford by spring next year with contractors currently installing 258 electronic signs, 104 traffic sensors and 70 CCTV cameras along the 20-mile route.

The work is part of a £900 million M6 upgrade planned by spring 2022 to increase the number of lanes by converting the hard shoulder and adding technological improvements to the route.

Andrew Jinks, smart motorway director at Highways England, said: “The M6 provided a major economic boost to the country when it first opened 60 years ago and still provides a vital link between London and Scotland through the West Midlands and North West. Hundreds of thousands of drivers now use the motorway every day to get to work, meet friends and family, or for long distance deliveries, and the smart motorway upgrades will ensure the M6 is fit for the future. Our motorways have changed massively over the past six decades and smart motorways could be just a glimpse of the technology transformation still to come. In 60 years’ time driverless vehicles could be as commonplace as a car radio.”

The amount of traffic using England’s motorways has increased by almost two thirds in the past 25 years alone, including more than double the number of vans as next day deliveries become a part of everyday life.

More details on how to drive on a smart motorway are available at

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