M62 smart motorway upgrade

Bam Nuttall Morgan Sindall JV
Jul 2019
May 2020

Our teams have taken part in the smart motorway upgrade of the M62.

Gangers Neil Roberts and Mark Bridge
Gangers Neil Roberts and Mark Bridge

Our client Bam Nuttall Morgan Sindall JV (bmJV) carried out the project on behalf of Highways England. It improved the 9.8-mile section of the M62 between junctions 10 and 12 to an all-lane running smart motorway.

Our workforce helped to upgrade the central reservation concrete barrier and install overhead gantries.

Neil Roberts and Mark Bridge, gangers, were two of our team members who were invited to expand their skills and join the project. They moved on from completing several years’ work for VGC on Network Rail’s north-west electrification project.

We also supplied a range of professional and technical staff, including:

  • Site engineers

    Daniel Templeton
    Daniel Templeton, Senior Recruitment Consultant, supports bmJV by supplying a range of professional and technical staff.
  • Site/sub agents
  • Works managers
  • Section engineers
  • BIM technicians.

Client bmJV were so impressed with the staff supplied that they asked some of them to remain with the JV to work on a similar project – M27 smart motorway project.

About the project

The M62 motorway links the north-west, Yorkshire and Humberside.

The stretch between the M6 and the M60 is a key strategic route between Liverpool and Manchester. It is used by around 120,000 vehicles every day. More than 350 people took part in the smart motorway upgrade, which involved major construction work to install new giant overhead gantries, CCTV masts, safety barriers and lighting columns.

The project involved:

  • replacing five miles of steel central reservation with a concrete barrier, increasing safety and requiring less maintenance
  • constructing 15km of steel safety barrier in the verges
  • modifying more than 80 manholes to improve drainage
  • removal of six overhead gantries
  • creating 11 new emergency refuge areas
  • installing 11 new full gantries and 30 new part-way cantilever gantries across the carriageway as well as 39 smaller journey information gantries
  • installing 42 CCTV cameras

The smart motorway was completed on site for drivers in spring 2020; some staff have stayed on to complete the final elements.