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.
The National Traffic Control Centre collects real-time information on road conditions
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.
Find out about the history of roads and the work the Agency does to preserve archaeological remains.
Our traffic forecaster can help get you there quicker
Be ready for severe weather - advice to drivers
Wind and rain, ice and snow - winter can throw the very worst at us. So to help you prepare for travel this season, here's some helpful advice from the Highways Agency.
For a smoother journey check your vehicle is ready for winter
Regularly servicing and checking your vehicle is in good running order before setting out, will reduce your chances of breaking down on the road. It's worth making these checks regularly - and particularly before a long journey:
- Check and replace the anti-freeze in the radiator
- Make sure your lights are clean and check the bulbs
- Ensure your windscreen is clean
- Replace the battery if it's not reliable
- Ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and replace them if the tread has reached the legal minimum. For further information please see http://www.tyresafe.org/
For peace of mind always carry an emergency kit
Gather a few items and keep them in your car - just in case. Below are items that should be in your Emergency Kit:
- Ice scraper and de-icer
- Torch and spare batteries
- Warm clothes and a blanket
- First aid kit
- Jump leads
- Food and a warm drink in a thermos
- A shovel
- Reflective warning sign
- Sunglasses - the glare off snow can be dazzling
For a safer journey adapt your driving in bad weather
Even after roads have been treated, driving conditions may remain challenging especially on stretches of road where there's greater risk of side winds or of ice forming. These include places where: -
- There are changes in road elevation or exposure
- Where the road passes under a bridge
- Objects at the side of the road create shade
- There is infrequent traffic
It's also advisable to slow down on corners where the risk of losing control is at its greatest.
Be a smarter driver - check traffic and weather updates
Before you set off it's worth taking a few minutes to make sure that there aren't any problems on your intended route. You can check for live updates as you travel too - but remember not to use your phone while driving.
- Visit http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic/traffic.aspx
- Check the weather at metoffice.gov.uk
- Call the Highways Agency information line on 0300 123 5000
- Tune into DAB Traffic Radio
Remember to take regular breaks from driving - tiredness and loss of concentration are major contributing factors to road accidents.
You can also download our severe weather leaflet and posters:
- Severe Weather Leaflet (PDF 2MB)
- Be a smarter driver - poster (PDF 244KB)
- For a safer journey - poster (PDF 236KB)
- For peace of mind - poster (PDF 246KB)
Think ahead move ahead.