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:  January - March 2020
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2021-2022
Programme:  Smart motorways

Progress report

We are currently developing the detailed design for a smart motorway between A1(M) junctions 6 and 8.

This scheme will be "All Lane Running". This means that the hard shoulder will be converted into a permanent running lane for drivers to help reduce congestion. We also use variable speed limits to smooth traffic flow. The new scheme will mean drivers will benefit from a three-lane motorway between junction 3 (Hatfield) and junction 9 (Baldock / Letchworth).

Work on the A1(M) J6-8 will start in March 2020. We need to strengthen the existing hard shoulder so that we can keep two lanes open for traffic when work starts on the central reservation. This will help to minimise disruption for road users as much as possible.

We are working closely with the local authorities to help identify how we can minimise disruption to residents and businesses in the area. In the coming months we will be talking directly with those likely to be affected by the work, including the emergency services.

What's next?

Work starting March 2020 will include:

  • detailed design development
  • strengthening the hard shoulder
  • structural survey work
  • site clearance, including vegetation on the verge
  • detailed topography, drainage and road surface surveys
  • installing new gantry structures to display overhead electronic message signs
  • installing CCTV cameras with full coverage of all the lanes
  • installing incident detection and automatic sign systems
  • installing enforcement cameras
  • installing emergency roadside telephones
  • installing electronic signals and signage
  • constructing emergency areas (identifiable by orange road surfaces), with distinctive advanced signs
  • upgrading central reservation by installing rigid concrete barrier
  • laying low-noise road surface
  • replanting the verges

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Government announces scheme
March 2020 Works start
TBC Works complete

Community news

Come and talk to us

We’ll be in your area on the following dates:

  • Saturday 1 February 2020: Stevenage town centre
  • Sunday 2 February 2020: Sainsbury’s, Hitchin Road, Stevenage, SG1 4AE
  • Friday 7 February 2020: Waitrose, Welwyn Garden City, AL8 6AB

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 is 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 junctions 5 and 9 is one of the top ten busiest sections of the entire London to Leeds (East) route. Congestion occurs frequently at peak times at a number of junctions. Every junction is close to existing or possible residential developments with the potential to accommodate up to 13,000 additional new homes by 2030. Traffic flows on this part of the network exceed capacity during peak periods leading to congestion.

This smart motorway will provide 50% additional capacity between junctions 6 and 8, creating a continuous three-lane motorway between junction 3 (Hatfield) and junction 9 Baldock / Letchworth).

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

Environmental impact

The environmental assessment indicates that the proposed A1(M) Junctions 6 to 8 smart motorway scheme will not have a detrimental effect on the surrounding area.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J25 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 3 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 5:32 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J20 and J21 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 28 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 3 February 2020 to 7 February 2020.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 4:01 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise at junction J21 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 28 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 3 February 2020 to 7 February 2020.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 4:01 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J21A and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 February 2020 to 05:00 on 2 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 2:52 pm
Location : The A1M southbound entry slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 1:13 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J20 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:00 on 31 January 2020 to 05:00 on 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 12:42 pm
Location : The A1M southbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 January 2020 to 05:00 on 31 January 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 31 January 2020 to 05:00 on 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A1M northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 January 2020 to 05:00 on 31 January 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 31 January 2020 to 05:00 on 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 12:23 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 12:22 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J24 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 12:22 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 12:12 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J24 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 11:52 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J21 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:30 on 28 January 2020. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2020 to 05:30 on 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 11:32 am
Location : The M25 clockwise entry slip at junction J24 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 28 January 2020 to 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 11:04 am
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J23 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 28 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 31 January 2020 to 05:00 on 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 11:04 am
Location : The A1M northbound exit slip at junction J2 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 11:02 am
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 27, 2020, 10:17 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J22 and J21A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 23:00 and 04:00 from 1 February 2020 to 4 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 25, 2020, 11:13 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J22 and J21A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 February 2020 to 05:00 on 2 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 25, 2020, 10:13 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J1 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 February 2020 to 05:00 on 2 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 25, 2020, 10:13 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 February 2020 to 05:00 on 2 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 25, 2020, 10:13 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J6A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 27 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 31 January 2020 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 3 February 2020 to 7 February 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 7 February 2020 to 06:00 on 8 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 25, 2020, 6:06 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 27 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 31 January 2020 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 3 February 2020 to 7 February 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 7 February 2020 to 06:00 on 8 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 25, 2020, 6:06 am
Location : The M25 clockwise entry slip at junction J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 27 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 31 January 2020 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 3 February 2020 to 7 February 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 7 February 2020 to 06:00 on 8 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 25, 2020, 6:06 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 27 January 2020 to 1 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 3 February 2020 to 8 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 10 February 2020 to 15 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 17 February 2020 to 22 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 25, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J23 and J21A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 4:13 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 31 March 2021.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 3:34 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 31 March 2021.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 3:34 pm
Location : The M1 northbound at junction J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2020 to 05:00 on 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 24, 2020, 1:34 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J1 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 January 2020 to 05:00 on 31 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:13 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 January 2020 to 05:30 on 31 January 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 31 January 2020 to 06:00 on 1 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:13 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 2:22 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J21A and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 2:15 pm
Location : The M1 northbound at junction J8 . Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 29 January 2020 to 15:30 on 29 January 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 12:05 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J21 and J20 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 30 January 2020 to 31 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 3 February 2020 to 6 February 2020.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 11:53 am
Location : The A1M northbound exit slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2020 to 05:00 on 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 10:16 am
Location : The A1M northbound entry slip at junction J4 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2020 to 05:00 on 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The A414 westbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 January 2020 to 05:00 on 30 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 22, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J23 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 January 2020 to 05:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J24 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 January 2020 to 05:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The M1 southbound at junction J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 January 2020 to 05:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 January 2020 to 05:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J10 . Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 January 2020 to 05:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the M25 and the A5135 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 January 2020 to 05:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J4 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 January 2020 to 05:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The A1M southbound entry slip at junction J2 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 January 2020 to 05:00 on 29 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: January 21, 2020, 10:14 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 January 2020 to 05:00 on 28 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: January 20, 2020, 10:13 pm

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