New signs will boost M6 safety


A £1.7m Highways Agency project to give drivers better information along the M6 will get underway next week.

Four of the latest electronic variable message signs are to be installed around junction 33 at Galgate – giving drivers better warnings of incidents and other information about the motorway such as weather conditions.

As part of the work, new CCTV cameras will be mounted on the signs, allowing Highways Agency traffic officers to monitor and manage motorway incidents more effectively.

The new signs and cameras will be placed a mile and half a mile in each direction from junction 33, with a fifth camera, erected on a standalone mast, erected at the junction itself.

The installation work will begin on Monday and should be completed by March 14. Lane one of the carriageway in both directions is likely to be closed around the clock throughout the works.

Towards the end of the project there will be overnight closures of lanes one and two around each electronic signs site as the actual display mechanisms are fitted.