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Junction Numbers for A627(M) in Greater Manchester

HIGHWAYS AGENCY News Release issued by COI News Distribution Service on 09 November 2009

The motorway linking Rochdale and Oldham in Greater Manchester is getting junction numbers for the first time.

Junction numbers along the A627(M), which runs north and south from Junction 20 of the M62, are being revealed for the first time today (Monday, November 9). They have been installed to help drivers and give clearer location assistance to organisations like the emergency services and mapping and satellite navigation providers.

Under the new numbering scheme the motorway will now officially begin in Oldham where the motorway meets the A663 at Broadway. It ends south of Rochdale town centre where the motorway meets the A664 at Edinburgh Way.

The interchange with Junction 20 of the M62 is now A627(M) Junction 3.

The motorway has four junctions with the following locations and signed directions:

* Junction 1 (Broadway) for Oldham, Royton and Shaw
* Junction 2 (Slattocks) for Middleton and Castleton
* Junction 3 (Thornham Island) for the M62 and associated destinations such as Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester
* Junction 4 (Sandbrook Park) for Rochdale and Todmorden.

The A627(M) was the Highways Agency’s only motorway in Greater Manchester without junction numbers. But following feedback from the Agency’s own Traffic Officers and other organisations, a decision was taken earlier this year to add the numbers.

Matt Sweeting, Highways Agency Regional Performance Manager, said, “It wasn’t as simple as just sticking numbers on our motorway signs. There have been a few issues to tackle making sure that our IT systems were updated with the new information and also ensuring partner organisations like the police were aware of the new arrangements.

“Now that this has been done we were in a position today to reveal the numbers for the first time.”

Notes to Editors

1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. We manage, maintain and improve England’s motorways and major A roads on behalf of the Secretary of State.

2. In the North West, day-to-day running and maintenance of the motorway network and strategic A roads is managed by two Area Performance Teams – Area Ten covering Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and south Lancashire and Area 13 covering north Lancashire and Cumbria. Each area team has a main, Managing Agent Contractor (MAC) which delivers routine maintenance, improvements and winter service arrangements such as gritting as well as providing Incident Support Units (ISUs) to help with traffic management and cleaning after incidents on motorways and Highways Agency A roads.

3.Real -time traffic information for England ’s motorways and major A roads is available:
• From our Traffic Radio service, available on DAB digital radio and the internet at www.trafficradio.org.uk To tune into the DAB service, simply press the "scan" button on your radio. The radio will tune into all available channels and you can select the new service by scrolling through the channels until you reach "Traffic Radio".

• From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or www.highways.gov.uk/mobile if using a phone or mobile device.

Before using a mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency. Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call.

• By phone from the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated phone service on 0844 477 6540. (Calls from BT residential landlines to 0870 numbers will cost no more than 8p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more).

4. For more general information about the Highways Agency and its work, visit the Highways Agency website www.highways.gov.uk or telephone the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 50 40 30 at any time. (Calls to 0845 numbers cost no more than 4p/min from BT residential landlines. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary)

Safety at roadworks

The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. For the safety of roadworkers and all road users, when you are approaching roadworks:

• Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
• Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
• Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
• Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
• Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
• Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

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Contacts:

Highways Agency
NDS.HighwaysAgency@coi.gov.uk

Barbara Phillips
Phone: 0161 618 1625
barbara.phillips@coi.gsi.gov.uk

Nigel Ellis
Phone: 0161 618 1624
nigel.ellis@coi.gsi.gov.uk

Neil Sterio.
Phone: 01925 298040
neil.sterio@highways.gsi.gov.uk