A1(M) Junction 6 to Junction 8 Smart MotorwayRecently updated

We are improving the A1(M) between Junction 6 and Junction 8.

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

Progress report

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

What's next

We will 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

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Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J8 and J7 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 11:00 on 16 August 2018 to 15:30 on 16 August 2018. Schedule : From 09:30 on 17 August 2018 to 15:30 on 17 August 2018.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:20 am
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J7 and J8 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 11:00 on 16 August 2018 to 15:30 on 16 August 2018. Schedule : From 09:30 on 17 August 2018 to 15:30 on 17 August 2018.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:20 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A5135 and the junction with the M25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 20 August 2018 to 23 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 8:00 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 : From 22:00 on 16 August 2018 to 05:30 on 17 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 29 August 2018 to 31 August 2018. Schedule : From 23:00 on 31 August 2018 to 06:00 on 1 September 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 September 2018 to 06:00 on 2 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 4:31 am
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J23 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 16 August 2018 to 18 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 20 August 2018 to 25 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 27 August 2018 to 1 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 4:01 am
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 22 August 2018 to 05:00 on 23 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J21A and J23 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 16 August 2018 to 23 August 2018. Schedule : From 09:30 on 28 August 2018 to 16:00 on 28 August 2018.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 3:01 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 August 2018 to 05:00 on 17 August 2018. Schedule : From 23:00 on 17 August 2018 to 05:00 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:40 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J1 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 August 2018 to 05:00 on 17 August 2018. Schedule : From 23:00 on 17 August 2018 to 05:00 on 18 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:40 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 22 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 28 August 2018 to 1 September 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 4:30 am
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 21 August 2018 to 05:00 on 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 21 August 2018 to 23 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 21 August 2018 to 05:00 on 23 August 2018.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:10 pm
Location : The M1 southbound at junction J10 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 21 August 2018 to 23 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 9:10 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 : From 22:00 on 16 August 2018 to 05:30 on 17 August 2018. Schedule : From 23:00 on 17 August 2018 to 06:00 on 18 August 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 18 August 2018 to 06:00 on 19 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 20 August 2018 to 24 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:24 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J1 and J4 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 21 August 2018 to 23 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 28 August 2018 to 31 August 2018.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:07 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J21 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 18 August 2018 to 05:00 on 19 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:04 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: August 14, 2018, 1:02 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: August 14, 2018, 1:01 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J1 and J5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 12 November 2018.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 1:01 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J6A and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 20 August 2018 to 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:11 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J6 and J6A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 20 August 2018 to 22 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:11 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 20 August 2018 to 05:00 on 21 August 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:11 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 August 2018 to 05:00 on 21 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:11 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J25 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 August 2018 to 05:00 on 21 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:11 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 20 August 2018 to 05:00 on 21 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:10 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 20 August 2018 to 05:00 on 21 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 13, 2018, 9:10 pm

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