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 are currently developing the preliminary 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).

We're now undertaking environmental assessments and refining the design. We're also liaising with Local Authorities and other key stakeholders and expect this stage of design work to be completed in the spring of 2019.

What's next?

The contractor for construction will be appointed after the completion of the preliminary design.

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Government announces scheme
2019-20 Works start
TBC Works complete

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. 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. Smart motorways 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).

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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Project timeline

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 clockwise at junction J23 . 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 05:30 from 30 April 2019 to 3 May 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 3 May 2019 to 06:00 on 4 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 6 May 2019 to 10 May 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 10 May 2019 to 06:00 on 11 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 April 2019 to 4 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 May 2019 to 11 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 13 May 2019 to 18 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 29 April 2019 to 1 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A405 northbound between the junctions with the M1 and the M25 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 29 April 2019 to 1 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J20 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 May 2019 to 05:00 on 2 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 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: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J22 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 1 May 2019 to 3 May 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 3 May 2019 to 05:30 on 4 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A414 eastbound between the junctions with the M1 and the A405 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 April 2019 to 05:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J23 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane four will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 1 May 2019 to 3 May 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 3 May 2019 to 05:00 on 4 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 6 May 2019 to 10 May 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 10 May 2019 to 05:00 on 11 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 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: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A5135 and the junction with the M25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:00 on 26 April 2019 to 05:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J6 and J5 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 1 May 2019 to 3 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 6 May 2019 to 10 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 13 May 2019 to 17 May 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J24 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 29 April 2019 to 1 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 April 2019 to 06:00 on 28 April 2019. Schedule : From 22:30 on 28 April 2019 to 05:30 on 29 April 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 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 : From 23:00 on 26 April 2019 to 06:00 on 27 April 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M1 southbound at junction J8 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 26 April 2019 to 04:00 on 27 April 2019.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J23 and J24 . 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 05:30 from 30 April 2019 to 3 May 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 3 May 2019 to 06:00 on 4 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 6 May 2019 to 10 May 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 10 May 2019 to 06:00 on 11 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J23 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 29 April 2019 to 3 May 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 3 May 2019 to 06:00 on 4 May 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 6 May 2019 to 9 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J23 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane four will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:00 on 26 April 2019 to 05:00 on 27 April 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 29 April 2019 to 1 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise entry slip at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 1 May 2019 to 3 May 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 3 May 2019 to 05:30 on 4 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J24 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 23:00 on 26 April 2019 to 05:00 on 27 April 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 29 April 2019 to 3 May 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 3 May 2019 to 05:00 on 4 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: April 26, 2019, 1:23 pm

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