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M62 - Your Local History

A lot of finds were uncovered during the archaeological evaluation carried out for the M62 Junction 6 Improvement scheme so we thought it would be nice to provide an interactive website so you can see what we found.

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Don't Cross or Walk Along Motorways

The Highways Agency aims to make more people aware of the dangers of walking or crossing our motorway. We have launched a poster and radio campaign aimed at 16-25yr olds. Hopefully with our hard hitting posters, our message will come across.

Educating tomorrow's drivers

See how we are driving through key messages about safety on our network for the drivers of tomorrow.

Meet the Ancestors

Find out about the history of roads and the work the Agency does to preserve archaeological remains.

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CCTV

Introduction

About 1500 CCTV cameras are installed on the motorway and trunk road network. These assist the operators in the seven Highways Agency Regional Control Centres (RCC) and in the National Traffic Control Centre (NTCC), to effectively manage incidents and congestion on motorways and trunk roads 24hrs a day, seven days a week.CCTV Mast

CCTV is also used in the Highways Agency for:

Detection, management & investigation of incidents occurring on the network.  

  • Monitoring network usage and setting diversion routes with the Police.  
  • Detection and prevention of crime directed against the network.
  • Protection of Agency assets.
  • Training of personnel.
  • Ensuring the safety of vulnerable motorists and monitoring callers on emergency roadside telephones.
  • CCTV images can also be viewed by the general public on Traffic England. More information is available on traffic cameras.

Regional Control Centre OperatorThe System

The current CCTV system has been enhanced and is known as the “Second Generation" system, in which the National Roads Telecommunications Service (NRTS) is used to connect CCTV cameras to the base stations. This allows digital transmission systems to be used to increase the coverage, availability and quality of pictures, and allows neighbouring RCCs to be able to view and control each other’s cameras, providing service resilience in the event of failure. The system is also easily scalable. Images can be distributed to operational partners such as the Police and the travel information industry in various formats.