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Extra Escape Gates to Help Drivers
Agency has unveiled a £490,000 project to extend a scheme designed
to help drivers escape long queues after serious incidents on the
North West motorway network.
The Highways Agency in Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and
south Lancashire is installing six more emergency crossover gates
between key junctions along motorways in the region – with the M62
getting a gate for the first time.
Seven gates have already been installed at key locations along the
M6 and M56 over the past year but the new financial year has
heralded a further investment to help cut congestion.
The special, 16 metre, emergency crossover gates are designed to
allow quick and easy access between carriageways otherwise protected
by the continuous central reservation barrier.
The gates will be used to free ‘trapped traffic’ when
major incidents block a carriageway, potentially causing hours of
delays for drivers stuck behind the incident.
In the event of a carriageway along the motorway being blocked, the
gates can be opened and traffic can be turned around and away from
the incident using one or two lanes along the opposite carriageway.
At previous major incidents the Highways Agency has sometimes cut
the central barrier but that can be time-consuming and also relies
on there being some kind of hard standing across the central
reservation to prevent larger vehicles from sinking and getting
When traffic is turned around in such incidents, the lanes being
used are coned off from the rest of the carriageway to allow turning
traffic to merge safely further along with the vehicles already on
the open carriageway.
The stretches of the M56 and M6 between junctions have been chosen
because of the comparative ease of installation in the locations but
also because they are areas where there have been a high number of
incidents causing congestion.
The extra gates are being installed at the following locations:-
• M62 – between junctions 21 and 22 (a distance of approximately
three miles) Milnrow to Rishworth, one gate
• M6 – between junctions 16 and 17 (eight miles) Barthomley to
Sandbach, one gate
• M6 – between junctions 18 and 19 (eight miles) Holmes Chapel to
Knutsford, two gates
• M6 – between junctions 26 and 27 (five miles) Orrell to Standish,
• M56 – between junctions 12 and 14 (seven miles) Runcorn and
Hapsford, one gate
Andy Withington, Highways Agency Area Performance Manager for
Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and south Lancashire,
said:- “We are always looking at ways in which we can minimise
the impact of major incidents on drivers and have already installed
a number of gates in north Lancashire and Cumbria. Providing these
extra gates this year will give us even greater room for manoeuvre
to help drivers caught behind serious incidents and help us in our
battle against congestion and driver delays."
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LIVERPOOL ONE REWARDED GOLD AT THE GREEN APPLE AWARDS
has been rewarded the National Gold Award, for its Biofuel
initiative, at the Green Apple Awards held by The Green
In what was seen as a first for a retail and leisure destination in
the UK, Liverpool ONE announced the launch of its groundbreaking
Biofuel Initiative; this involved collecting waste cooking oils from
several of its many restaurants and recycling it into clean
biodiesel; these were then used to run Liverpool ONE’s fleet of
The Green Apple Awards, the annual international campaign to
recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice around the
world, are established as one of the major environmental recognition
schemes, both in the UK and internationally.
This award identifies Liverpool ONE as a development that is taking
responsibility for the safekeeping of our environment for
generations to come
Judges form The Green Apple Awards said:- “This retail and
leisure facility has a lot of waste cooking oil as one of its by
products. Staff at the centre had the inspirational idea to reuse
this as Biofuel, which was found to be both feasible and viable
economically, reusing twelve tonnes of oil annually.”
Chris Bliss, Estate Director at Liverpool ONE comments:- “The
acknowledgement from The Green Organisation’s Green Apple Awards is
a win we are particularly proud of. As a vital part of Liverpool’s
economy we feel that Liverpool ONE should play a role preserving the
environment. The Biofuels Initiative, overtime, will help lower the
carbon footprint of Liverpool ONE and individual retailers, it is a
key element within Liverpool ONE’s environmental strategy. We hope
this award win will act as a catalyst for other retail developments
to follow our environmental lead.”
This latest win brings the total number of awards won by Liverpool
ONE to 39 since opening in May 2008.
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