A1(M) junction 6 to junction 8 smart motorway

We're improving the A1(M) between junction 6 and junction 8.

Region:  East
Start date:  2019/20
Cost:  £109.7 million - £156.1 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

We're currently working up smart motorway design options that would meet the aims of this scheme.

The government announced that the preferred solution was for a smart motorway with all-lane running. This means the existing hard shoulder would be converted into a traffic lane providing 3 lanes for traffic. Regular refuge areas are available in place of the hard shoulder for emergency use.

As part of this we'll assess a wide range of information about the road to establish the nature of the current problems. This will help us develop an outline design concept and determine the smart motorway operating system best suited to this section of road. We aim to complete this first design stage by the end of May 2017.

We'll also liaise with local authorities and technical stakeholders so we can take into account their views.

What's next?

We'll begin the next phase of design in summer 2017.

Timeline

Government announces scheme December 2014
Works start 2020
Works complete TBC

Why we need this scheme

The A1(M) is a route of strategic importance linking London and the South East with the East Midlands, Yorkshire and the North East. The route has been identified as a focal point for future growth around the large and medium-sized urban centres of Hatfield/Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Hitchin, Harlow, Bishop’s Stortford, St Neots, Cambridge, Alconbury/Huntingdon, Peterborough, Wakefield and Doncaster.

The A1(M) between junction 5 and 9 is in the top ten busiest sections of the entire London to Leeds (East) route with existing capacity problems. Every junction is close to existing or possible housing sites with the potential to accommodate up to 13,000 additional new homes by 2030.

Congestion occurs frequently at peak times at a number of links and junctions.

Aims

This scheme aims to:

  • reduce congestion and delays
  • improve journey time reliability
  • maintain a high standard of safety
  • support economic growth and job creation

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J21 and J20 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 December 2018.
Posted: December 15, 2018, 10:00 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J20 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 19 December 2018 to 21 December 2018. Schedule : From 23:00 on 21 December 2018 to 06:00 on 22 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2018, 6:03 am
Location : The M25 clockwise exit slip at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:00 on 21 December 2018 to 06:00 on 22 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 11:11 pm
Location : The A414 westbound between the junctions with the A405 and the M1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 29 December 2019.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 4:26 pm
Location : The A414 eastbound between the junctions with the M1 and the A405 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 29 December 2019.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 4:24 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J22 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 18 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 2:20 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J24 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 December 2018 to 05:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 10:42 am
Location : The M25 clockwise at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 December 2018 to 05:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 10:42 am
Location : The M25 clockwise exit slip at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 18 December 2018 to 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2018, 10:13 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J23 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 December 2018 to 05:00 on 21 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J23 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 December 2018 to 05:00 on 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J24 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 December 2018 to 05:00 on 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 December 2018 to 05:00 on 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 December 2018 to 05:00 on 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J23 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 December 2018 to 05:00 on 20 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J25 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 18 December 2018 to 05:00 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J24 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 18 December 2018 to 05:00 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J24 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 18 December 2018 to 05:00 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J22 and J21A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 18 December 2018 to 05:00 on 19 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 10:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J21 and J19 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2018 to 21 December 2018. Schedule : From 23:00 on 21 December 2018 to 06:00 on 22 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 1:10 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J20 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2018 to 21 December 2018. Schedule : From 23:00 on 21 December 2018 to 06:00 on 22 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 11:50 am
Location : The M25 clockwise at junction J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2018 to 21 December 2018. Schedule : From 23:00 on 21 December 2018 to 06:00 on 22 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 11, 2018, 11:50 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J25 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 December 2018 to 05:00 on 18 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 10:11 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 17 December 2018 to 16:00 on 17 December 2018.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The A1M southbound exit slip at junction J7 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 17 December 2018 to 16:00 on 17 December 2018.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:10 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J21 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 17 December 2018 to 21 December 2018. Schedule : From 23:00 on 21 December 2018 to 06:00 on 22 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am

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