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

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Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J23 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 15 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 20 December 2019 to 05:00 on 21 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 15, 2019, 5:00 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J21 and J20 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 7:22 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J21 . Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 7:22 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J21 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 December 2019 to 05:00 on 17 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 14, 2019, 5:01 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J23 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 00:01 on 26 January 2020.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 9:46 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 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 4:00 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 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 4:00 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J2 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 1:28 pm
Location : The A1M northbound entry slip at junction J3 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 1:28 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J20 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 19 December 2019 to 05:30 on 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 13, 2019, 3:39 am
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J21A and J22 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 19 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 2 January 2020 to 3 January 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 6 January 2020 to 10 January 2020. Schedule : From 09:30 on 13 January 2020 to 16:00 on 13 January 2020.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:29 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 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J22 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 December 2019 to 05:30 on 17 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 December 2019 to 05:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J23 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 18 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J4 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 18 December 2019 to 05:00 on 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 December 2019 to 05:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J20 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 December 2019 to 05:00 on 17 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J5 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 December 2019 to 05:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J1 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 December 2019 to 05:30 on 17 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 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 17 December 2019 to 05:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 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 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the M25 and the A5135 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1M northbound between junctions J1 and J3 . 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 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise exit slip at junction J23 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J27 and J25 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J6 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 16 December 2019 to 05:30 on 17 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 December 2019 to 05:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J1 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 December 2019 to 05:30 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 18 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J22 and J21A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 December 2019 to 05:00 on 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise entry 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 05:30 from 16 December 2019 to 19 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 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 16 December 2019 to 05:00 on 17 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A5135 and the M25 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 16 December 2019 to 18 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2019, 8:10 pm

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