Businesses are benefiting from the biggest upgrade ever seen on the M6 motorway.
Earlier this year, Highways England completed its upgrade of the motorway in Cheshire, which saw a fourth lane introduced in each direction.
As part of the £255 million project on the M6 motorway between Crewe and Knutsford – which was completed in March 2019 – a total of 258 electronic signs were introduced, including 104 traffic sensors, and 70 CCTV cameras that are tackling congestion and improving the journey times for the 120,000 drivers that use the stretch of the M6 motorway every day.
The upgraded stretch of motorway opened in March and is the most significant change of the M6 since that particular motorway first opened in 1963.
Since the upgrade of one of the busiest stretches of motorway, statistics show that journey times and safety have both improved.
Businesses are now benefiting from faster journeys that are also more reliable; statistics show that drivers travelling southbound previously faced average speeds of 50mph between midday and 1pm.
Now, these same commuters are travelling 14 miles per hour faster, saving six minutes along the route, with journey times cut by more than a quarter.
Those commuters working a nine-to-five shift near Manchester are spending more than 30 minutes less time on the road each week, travelling at an average speed of 66 miles per hour on their way home from work.
That is 15 miles per hour faster than before work commenced.
Safety in the first three months following completion of the smart motorway has revealed a fall in collisions along the route by almost a third.
Safety is of paramount importance throughout the country, with the Road Safety Foundation calling for changes, so this news is very much welcome.
Mike Bull, smart motorways senior manager in the North West for Highways England said: “The motorway upgrade means businesses are also benefiting from quicker and more reliable journeys through Cheshire – supporting the regional and national economy.”