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Equipment to help reduce M6 jams
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The equipment will help improve traffic flow along the M6 motorway
A new traffic sensor system is to be installed at a busy motorway junction on the M6 near Lancaster in a bid to help ease traffic congestion.

It is being installed on the southbound junction 34/A683 Caton Road slip road between Monday and 18 January.

The equipment uses electronic sensors to adjust traffic light signals in response to changing traffic flows.

The southbound exit and entry slip roads at junction 34 will be closed during the installation.

A diversion will be in place south to junction 33 and north to junction 35.

Ease congestion

There will also be temporary traffic management measures in place on the A683 eastbound and westbound approaches to the junction.

While the slip roads are closed, the Highways Agency will resurface the carriageway and make improvements to the bridge supporting it, as part of a 160,000 package of works.

Peter Hamer, Highways Agency project manager, said the state-of-the-art system was designed to regulate the flow of traffic so the number of vehicles travelling through the junction could be maximised.

"We have also arranged for resurfacing work and improvements to the bridge to be carried out at the same time - this way, we can limit any additional delays for motorists at the site," he said.

During the works M6 southbound traffic will be subject to temporary lane closures and a 50mph speed limit past the junction to ensure the safety of roadworkers and roadusers.

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