Bridge of sighs car share lifts forced to seek new meeting place

A POPULAR unofficial park and ride location close to the summit of England’s highest motorway has been ruled off limits by highways bosses.

For years, drivers have parked under a bridge carrying the M62 over junction 22.

Both sides of the A672 linking Saddleworth with Calderdale were used as lay-bys for travellers waiting for car share lifts in both directions.

Now, for most, that practice has ended. Initially, traffic cones and tape were put out to prevent vehicles using the uneven, litter-strewn waste ground adjoining the main carriageway.

Now, a row of posts have been erected to make parking impossible, though some cars are still being left on grass verges.

After an investigation by the Correspondent a spokesperson for Highways England confirmed:

“Bollards have been installed under the M62 at junction 22 to protect the bridge by preventing vehicles from parking under the structure.”

2 Replies to “Bridge of sighs car share lifts forced to seek new meeting place”

  1. OK, but … Cars are now parking along the “crawler lane” leading from the M62 towards Saddleworth. There is a reason for having a crawler lane (so slow vehicles can regain speed, gradually, up the steep hill without holding up traffic); it should not be a car park. By blocking off parking underneath the bridge, with no alternative provision, the highways people have simply created another hazard.

    1. I pass every day and cars coming off the motorway in either direction cannot use the crawler lanes because of the parked cars. They now come straight out onto the main road risking collisions with the vehicles on the main road. This is a serious problem I’ve had and seem many near misses.. There is no sense whatsoever in blocking off the areas under the motorway bridge. Litter is still a problem but that has now moved from under the bridge to the grassy areas at the side of the crawler lanes. Time to rethink Highways people.

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