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M62 Remains Closed Due To 90mph Winds
M62 at night - photo by Phil Long
The M62 between Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire is likely to remain closed into this evening for the safety of drivers due to wind speeds of up to 90mph.

Highways England has been working closely with the emergency services after the motorway had to be closed yesterday because of heavy snow and strong winds between junctions 24 (Huddersfield) and 21 (Milnrow) westbound, and between junctions 21 and 22 (Saddleworth) eastbound.

The snow has now been cleared from the M62 and Highways England’s gritters are spreading salt to keep it free from ice so that the motorway can safely reopen when wind speeds drop to below 60mph.

Contractors cut a gap in the hard shoulder barrier yesterday evening to allow drivers of cars and smaller vehicles to turn around and continue their journeys.

Around 100 HGVs were moved to the hard shoulder overnight and welfare checks were carried out on drivers by Highways England’s traffic officers and the police through the night. Their vehicles have also now been turned around so no traffic remains on the closed section of motorway.

Phil Stockford, Emergency Planning Manager at Highways England, said:

“We’ve been working throughout the night and during today to help drivers and will reopen the motorway as soon as the winds have reduced to a safe level. We’d urge drivers to avoid travelling this evening if at all possible as the diversion routes for the motorway are also very busy.”

M62 Remains Closed Due To 90mph Winds, 2nd March 2018, 18:00 PM