A £490m project is being launched to upgrade driver information systems on England's motorways.
Drivers on the M62 will be among the first to benefit.
The new deal will create a national system linking more that 14,000 message signs, emergency telephones, CCTV cameras and traffic monitoring systems to the Highway Agency's network of traffic control centres.
Roads Minister Stephen Ladyman said: "This is good news for the thousands of drivers who use our motorway network every day.
"The £490m upgrade, together with initiatives such as motorway traffic officers and traffic control centres, will give drivers the real-time information they need to plan their journeys more effectively, avoiding congested stretches of the network, reducing the costs to business and the levels of driver stress that delays can cause."
The upgrade will also enable the agency to develop new initiatives, such as access to CCTV pictures of traffic conditions via the internet.
The first phase of the project will involve work on the M62, M3 and M4.
The work will go to a consort- ium to be known as GeneSYS Telecommunications Ltd.