A LOCAL MP has demanded urgent Government action to halt the misery of the M62.
Jason McCartney questioned Commons Leader Andrew Lansley about the massive problems encountered by thousands of West Yorkshire drivers over the last few weeks.
He said he had been inundated with complaints from his Colne Valley constituents, who had been among many drivers caught in massive hold-ups on and off the motorway.
Stretches of the busy motorway near Huddersfield have been shut at least a dozen times since the start of November.
Those problems were highlighted on Wednesday of this week, when two lanes of the eastbound carriageway were closed at Outlane for five hours and the entire eastbound carriageway was shut for four hours at Chain Bar.
Those shutdowns prompted massive traffic jams on other roads in and out of Brighouse and Huddersfield.
Now the Colne Valley Tory has demanded urgent action to prevent a repeat of the chaos.
He said: “I know from personal experience just how bad the M62 can be. I had to get up at 6am to travel from my Holme Valley home when I worked in Leeds to be sure I was there by 9am.
“I know there are essential roadworks on a stretch near Brighouse but I wonder if enough is being done to look at ways of using the hard shoulder if necessary or getting the motorway open as quickly as possible after an incident.
“I am determined to do all I can to ensure that we do not have continued repeats of the problems we have seen this week”.
In the Commons, Mr McCartney said: “The M62 motorway between Huddersfield, Leeds and Manchester has been an absolute nightmare for the past month.
“On Wednesday morning two lanes were closed at Brighouse and at the teatime rush hour the M621 junction was closed.
“We regularly have debates about rail services in this House. May we have a debate about the importance of keeping our motorway network moving?
“Not doing so causes absolute chaos for commuters”.
Mr Lansley said that both he and Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin were now aware of the problems.
He said: “I know that colleagues in the Department feel strongly about reducing the duration of motorway incidents to keep traffic moving.
“Through the so-called CLEAR programme – collision, lead, evaluate, act and reopen – are working with the agencies and responders to deliver exactly that.”