£2.1m pinch point project

Traffic jam on the M6 motorway
Traffic jam on the M6 motorway

New electronic signs worth £2.1m will be installed on the M6 near Carnforth, giving drivers warnings of incidents and information about weather conditions.

The Highways Agency project will get underway on Monday November 24, and should be finished by March.

Four of the latest electronic variable message signs (VMS) will be installed around junction 35 of the motorway, while new CCTV cameras will be mounted on the VMS signs and standalone masts - allowing Highways Agency traffic officers at the North West Regional Control Centre at Newton-le-Willows to monitor and manage motorway incidents more effectively. A similar, £1.7 m project around junction 33 of the M6 at Galgate was delivered earlier this year.

Highways Agency project manager Dan Foster said: “This significant investment in technology along this section of the M6 in Lancashire is being delivered through the Government’s pinch point programme and will boost the amount and frequency of information we can give to motorway users – helping to provide safer and more reliable journeys. The better intelligence provided by the additional cameras will also make it easier for Highways Agency traffic officers and partners like the police to respond to and manage incidents – again boosting safety and journey reliability.”

No work will take place over Christmas and New Year and lane closures will be removed.