M62 Motorway upgrades to V-MAX™

Highways England Area 12 is responsible for c.12,000 luminaires across the region’s entire major roadway network. The M62 is one of the major motorways that is in Area 12 and at 102 miles long, it acts as the west-east trans-Pennine motorway in Northern England that connects major cities the likes of Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. The average daily traffic flow on the M62 can reach around 150,000 vehicles a day.



Challenge


With the existing 250W and 400W SOX lanterns between junction 25 to 28 coming to the end of their functional life Area 12 were looking to upgrade their assets and find suitable replacement LED lanterns that delivered energy savings, lower maintenance costs and better lighting quality for the road users.



The Solution

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, the Asset Managers, worked together with Holophane using a mix of V-Max luminaires with 2 and 4 chevron luminaire sizes. Outputs used ranged from 6,000 lumens to 21,000 lumens with wattages from 51W to 208W. Compared to the existing 400W lanterns, the efficiency of the V-Max luminaires offered energy savings of at least 48%.

V-Max’s unique modular patented chevron design also ensures easy maintainability and low-cost of ownership for the area. In the unlikely even a chevron may fail, this can be easily replaced in situ on a column. Additionally, this modular design mitigates against complete luminaire failure as the chevrons are separate; meaning that entire luminaires will not need replacing. These combined benefits help reduce overall maintenance costs.



McCanns Ltd were contracted to install the lanterns with the project being installed and completed in March 2019. Again, the modular slimline design of V-Max (V2=8kg, V4=11kg) significantly reduces the asset weight and additionally makes it easier for users to handle and install onto columns.

The colour rendering index of the lanterns (70CRI) gives road users a better visual acuity, as compared to the existing SOX lanterns whilst driving, therefore helping to improve overall road safety.

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