DRIVERS could be allowed to use the hard shoulder of the busy M62 to ease congestion.

The news was confirmed in a package of measures designed to ease jams on many of Britain’s roads.

Further plans to allow drivers to use motorway hard shoulders and possible tolled lanes were announced by the Government as part of a six-year, £6 billion jambuster package.

Hard-shoulder driving at peak times has already been successfully trialled on the M42 near Birmingham.

And schemes which could be brought in before 2014 include streches of both the M62 and the M1.

Thousands of drivers get caught in hold-ups on the M62 and transport chiefs are looking at a scheme to allow use of the hard shoudlers between Unction 25 at Clifton and Junction 30 at Leeds.