THE TRUNK ROAD PROGRAMME IN THE NORTH WEST

Britain's second largest conurbation is in the North West Region together with a busy industrial and commercial base and some of the best leisure attractions in the country. The comprehensive trunk road network of 1400 km includes more than 20 per cent of the national motorway network. Both the M6 and the M62 motorways carry an average flow of more than 100,000 vehicles per day, of which 20 per cent are heavy goods vehicles. The high proportion of heavy goods vehicles and the closer spacing of junctions around Manchester has to be taken into account when any roadworks are considered. Greater use of closed circuit TV in the area has improved traffic monitoring and variable message signs are used to give warnings of problems ahead. The network is continually reviewed so that improvements may be made to match any changes. Improvements are equally divided between new motorway construction, bypasses and improvement to all purpose trunk roads and the widening of congested lengths of motorway. A large proportion of the work is in and around Greater Manchester as shown by the map included in the article. (TRRL)

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    INSTITUTION OF HIGHWAYS & TRANSPORTATION

    6 ENDSLEIGH STREET
    LONDON,   United Kingdom  WC1H 0DZ
  • Authors:
    • Hancock, G E
  • Publication Date: 1990-4

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 59-60
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00609630
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 1991 12:00AM