Transport written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the M62 between Hull and Leeds is going to be devoid of lane closures and roadworks; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport

The Highways Agency has responsibility for the operation and stewardship of strategic road network and this responsibility is reflected through the delivery of emergency repair work, programmed maintenance activity and major improvement projects.

The Agency currently have six planned schemes involving road works on the M62 between Hull and Leeds. Of these, five separate schemes between Junctions 34 and 38 involving carriageway and barrier repair and renewal are all due to finish by the end of July 2012.

Between the M62 J25 to J30, a Managed Motorway scheme is currently under construction. The Agency are working section by section and plan to have the first two sections fully operational in summer 2013 with the rest entering operation by autumn/winter 2013. This scheme will cut congestion, make journey times more reliable and improve safety through the use of variable mandatory speed limits and by opening the hard shoulder as an extra running lane.

Overnight closures are being used as part of delivering the Managed Motorway scheme to minimise inconvenience to road users.

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