DRIVERS using the M62 were today confronted by West Yorkshire's first motorway traffic lights.
The lights were switched on on the slip road leading to the eastbound lanes at Junction 25 at Brighouse.
And Highways Agency officials hope the lights will ease congestion on what is regarded as one of the busiest stretches of the M62.
The lights are regulated by detector pads both on the motorway and on the approach roads at the busy roundabout below the motorway, which is fed by the Wakefield Road from Cooper Bridge.
This morning's switch-on saw traffic flowing smoothly at what is the busiest time of the day but there was congestion on the approach roads.
The lights will be in action at peak times and are intended to ease the flow of traffic joining the motorway.
Tens of thousands of vehicles use that stretch of the M62 every day.
The project is part of a nationwide £6m scheme, which will see lights introduced at 30 locations around Britain. Systems have already been in use in Birmingham and near Manchester but today it was the turn of West Yorkshire.
Roger Watling, of the Highways Agency, said: "We're hoping for a smooth start but we cannot guarantee anything.
"We will have Agency staff on site all week, monitoring the situation and putting right any problems immediately.
"The main aim of the lights is to regulate the flow of traffic on a busy stretch of the motorway.
"Drivers who have stopped at the lights will have ample opportunity to reach the required speed to join the flow of traffic on the motorway.
"We hope it will ease congestion and help journey times without leading to congestion on the approach roads to the M62."