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Traffic lights to cut motorway congestion

November 13, 2017 | By | In News
Tailbacks on the M6 in Staffordshire after a lorry fire closed the motorway for repairs due to the ferocity of the blaze melting the tarmac.

Under new plans, traffic lights could be installed across the motorway network to help ease congestion.

As part of a £7 million trial, traffic lights will be set up on the link road between the M6 and M62 near Warrington, Cheshire next month.

The decision was made following research that showed traffic is up by a third compared to the mid-nineties. With such a lot of traffic on UK roads, clogging them up during peak times, introducing traffic lights is hoped to tackle the issue.

It is seen as one of the worst points of congestion in the region. Highways England has said it will monitor traffic via cameras to help control the traffic.

Programme delivery manager for Highways England, Andy Withington, said: “This is an opportunity to combine existing technology and traffic management systems in a novel way to see whether we can give drivers using the frequently congested eastbound M62 lower journey times during peak hours and smoother, more reliable journeys.

“If it is successful – and we believe it will be – it could well be used on other motorway to motorway link roads across the country.”

According to The Times, research carried out by data experts Inrix found that more than 3,700 traffic jams take place every day. This equates to a staggering 1.35 million every year.

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