M62 Reopens In West Yorkshire

It was shut for much of Friday and overnight due to the wintry weather.

The M62 between West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester re-opened in the early hours of this morning, after being shut due to snow and high winds.

Many drivers got stuck on the section over the Pennines on Thursday night, and highways authorities fought a losing battle through Friday to make it safe to drive on.

It was shut for much of Friday and overnight, westbound from J24 at Ainley Top to J21 at Milnrow, and eastbound from J20 at Rochdale to J22 at Rishworth Moor.

Once wind speeds dropped below 60mph and it was safe to do so, Highways England was able to reopen the road in both directions at 2.25am this morning.

Highways England has been constantly monitoring wind speeds over Rakewood viaduct since wind speeds peaked at 93mph on Thursday night. Crews of gritting teams have been spreading salt on the motorway to keep it free from ice so that the motorway was ready to be opened as soon as wind speeds allowed.

Andrew Charnick, Emergency Planning Manager at Highways England, said:

“We’ve been working throughout the night to reopen the road as soon as it was safe to do so and we would like to thank drivers for their patience. The weather remains wintery over the Pennines and we ask drivers to take extra care and drive to the conditions.”

The video below from Highways England shows what conditions were like on the M62 on Thursday night...


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