The rise of Smart motorways, are you ready for the M66 Smart Motorway?
Rossendale Free Press is reporting that in a bid to ease congestion and improve transport in our region the M66 is undergoing plans to introduce a Smart Motorway system, much like the M60 is currently having completed.
The news outlet reports that the Lancashire County Council’s masterplan recommends:
four potential options to solve congestion problems and to facilitate future economic growth; the introduction of bus priority measures for the X41/X43 service, improvements to junctions on the A56 between the M65 and M66 and at Simister Island, and upgrading the M66 to become a ‘smart’ motorway.
If funding for the proposals is approved work could begin on the schemes in 2020.
So what do I think?
On the one hand, I understand the issues given that I am frequently on the M66 at rush hour, however I have also put up with the roadworks on the M60 for the past several yearsSo the M66 is going to get some improvements in the next few years.