Drivers heading over the Pennines to and from Manchester Airport are being warned of overnight closures on the M62 between May and July 2023.

National Highways will be resurfacing the motorway in both directions – though not at the same time – between junction 22 and Scammonden Bridge.

They plan to start work on Monday May 15 and aim to complete in July. They’ll be working overnight between 9pm and 6am, Monday to Friday but cannot complete this work in harsh weather. Look out for updates on or on Twitter @HighwaysYORKS

To carry out this work safely National Highways will first close the westbound carriageway overnight (9pm until 6am) Monday to Friday for approximately eight weeks. Once completed they will then swap to the other carriageway to complete the resurfacing in the opposite direction.

A fully signed diversion, which has been agreed in advance with the police and the local authority will be in place. This diversion is approximately 15 miles which will add around 35 minutes to journey times.

  • Westbound – motorway traffic will be diverted at junction 24, leaving via the slip road onto the A629 at Elland, onto the A646, A58 Rochdale Road and A672 Ripponden to re-join the M62 at junction 22.
  • Eastbound – the same diversion route is being used in reverse, leaving the M62 at junction 22 onto the A672 Ripponden, A58 Rochdale Road, A646, A629, re-joining the M62 at junction 24.

During the day, the carriageway will be open to traffic in both directions.

National Highways are mindful that the diversion for motorway traffic will extend journey times and kindly ask haulage drivers to follow this route whenever possible to avoid restrictions on local roads and noise issues in residential areas. They apologise for any inconvenience and thank people for their patience.