A Highways Agency update reveals why with the help of steel stockholders Manchester’s motorways are getting smart.

The Greater Manchester smart motorway scheme affects a stretch between Junction 8 of the M60, near Sale, and Junction 20 of the M62, near Rochdale.

Up to 200 new electronic signs are being installed, allowing the speed limit on the motorway to be controlled, lanes to be closed when needed, and warnings shown for upcoming incidents on the road.

On the M62, between Junctions 18 and 20, the hard shoulder will become a permanent extra lane, helping to relieve congestion and improve traffic flows.

The report notes one contribution made by the steel stockholders Manchester has to offer – the steel safety barriers protecting crews while they install the lighting rigs for the smart road.

“Narrow lanes and a steel safety barrier will now be introduced on the section of the M62 between Junctions 18 and 20, to allow contractors to begin installing nearly 1,000 new lighting columns, as well as the technology needed for the overhead message signs,” the Highways Agency said.

Of course, there are countless other contributions made by the steel industry to such roadworks – from steel road plates to the structural steel in street lighting and electronic road signs – making this a true collaboration between the two sectors.