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Quicker journeys for all as new M6 motorway upgrade opens

In a boost for fleet drivers and courier companies up and down the country, commuters using the M6 in Cheshire will benefit from the biggest ever upgrade of motorway in the country.

Highways England has today completed the project which has seen the 19-mile stretch of the motorway between Crewe and Knutsford add extra lanes and new technology. The project, which cost £265 million is the most significant change since the M6 first opened in the county in 1963.

In both directions, a fourth lane has been introduced and a total of 258 electronic signs, 70 CCTV cameras and 104 traffic sensors which will look to help tackle congestion and improve journey times for around 120,000 drivers every single day.

cars on smart motorway

The upgrades are the first of four new smart motorway schemes that will look to increase the M6’s capacity by a third on 60 miles of the motorway between Coventry and Wigan.

Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Highways England, said:

"We have delivered the biggest upgrade to the M6 since the motorway opened in Cheshire almost 60 years ago, and it will mean quicker and more reliable journeys for everyone from businesses making long-distance deliveries to commuters getting to and from work.

Tens of thousands of drivers travel on the M6 between Crewe and Knutsford each day making it one of the busiest stretches of motorway in the country, so the extra lanes and new technology will help make the M6 fit for the future."

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

“We are investing record amounts to improve journeys for people right across the country – including £13 billion on transport in the North.

This upgrade will mean motorists in the North West will get to work, the shops, or to visit friends and family more easily, quickly and safely.
It also builds on other improvements in the region where drivers are already seeing the benefits of investment in the M60, M62 and the A556.”

Over the next 2 years, Highways England will look to deliver on £15 Billion pounds worth of investment up and down the country. The investments will create a spine of smart motorways which are central to a modernisation programme, helping to improve journey reliability, reduce congestion and cut stop-start traffic flows.

World Options welcomes news of these improvements, having improved transportation links can only be a good thing for the logistics industry and World Options customer.

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