By Daniel Lynch & Tom Swain
A stretch of the M62 motorway in West Yorkshire has become the first in the north of England to allow motorists to use the hard shoulder during busy periods.
The three mile section will be used as an additional lane during periods of high traffic volume in a bid to ease congestion.
Lanes in both directions between junctions 27 and 28 are currently in use during peak times, but work continues on the full section of road between junction 25 (Brighouse) and junction 30 (Rothwell).
The Highways Agency has planned a phased opening of the road to be completed by autumn this year.
Traffic levels will be monitored by Highways Agency staff at the control centre in Wakefield, where the decision to use congestion-easing will be made when appropriate.
Overhead signs on the motorway will notify drivers when the hard shoulder may be used.
Highways Agency project manager, David Pilson, has described this week’s opening as a ‘significant milestone’, but not everyone in West Yorkshire is convinced.
Tom Swain reports.
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