A MOTORIST has hit out after being forced to spend extra money on fuel because of motorway closures.
Howard Walker says he was diverted more than 20 miles out of his way after discovering the M62’s Junction 24 – at Ainley Top – was closed.
The Slaithwaite driver has complained to Highways Agency bosses about he lack of warning signs after he was caught out twice in the last fortnight and had to drive on to Junction 22 to turn around..
His comments come as the Highways Agency announced plans to close the sliproad again at night starting this Sunday, from 8pm to 6am.
Work is being carried out westbound at Junction 24 to upgrade street-lighting in the area.
High winds forecast for today have halted other works.
Motorway bosses had planned to shut the motorway between Junction 27 Gildersome and Junction 28 Tingley tonight from 8pm for a new signs gantry to be installed but that has now been postponed. Some work will continue between Junction 25 at Brighouse and Junction 28 on gantries and drains, with lane closures. The work should be finished by 6am tomorrow.
Mr Walker said: “It would not have been a problem if it were not for the fact that there is no warning prior to junction 25, so people wishing to leave at 24 can get off at 25.
“I’m really annoyed about it. The second time I was actually looking for signs but they were all about the M6.
“I had to go all the way to junction 22 at Saddleworth and come back over the moors”.
A Highways Agency spokesman maintained signage was in place before junction 25 but could have been missed.
He said: “The closure of the slip road at Junction 24, Ainley Top, was part of ongoing street lighting replacement works to improve the motorway infrastructure.
“We have taken the complaint on board and we will ensure future closures are better signed to inform motorists”.
“This includes scheduled closures, weather permitting, at the same junction from April 29th to May 2nd.”
The westbound carriageway of Junction 24, Ainley Top, will be closed from 8pm to 6am between April 29 to May 2.