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 will be implementing variable mandatory speed limits between junctions 6 and 8 on the A1(M) motorway. This will be implemented by use of a Statutory Instrument.

We held a Statutory Instrument consultation for four weeks from 10 February to 9 March 2020, asking how the proposal could affect you, your organisation or those you represent. We are analysing the responses received and we will publish the report on the consultation shortly.

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

We're looking to implement variable mandatory speed limits (VMSL) between junctions 6 and 8 of the A1(M) motorway in the future. We're keen to have your comments. We specifically would like to hear how the proposal could affect you, your organisation or those you represent.

It's important to note that this is not a consultation on the actual policy of using variable mandatory speed limits (VMSL). Use of this traffic management feature is already established government policy. We're therefore seeking your views on the proposal set out within the Statutory Instrument Consultation Document.

You can read this document and have your say on our consultation page.

The consultation will last for a period of four weeks commencing on 10 February 2020. The consultation will close on 9 March 2020. Please ensure responses arrive no later than the closing date.

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

You can see our Environmental Impact Assessment Notice of Determination in the Documents tab below.

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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 A1M southbound between junctions J8 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 March 2020 to 4 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 5:23 am
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J7 and J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 March 2020 to 4 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 5:20 am
Location : The A1M southbound exit slip at junction J6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 30 March 2020 to 4 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 5:20 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 : From 22:00 on 28 March 2020 to 05:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 29 March 2020 to 9 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 5:09 am
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the M25 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 23:01 on 27 March 2020 to 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 11:02 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise exit slip at junction J21 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 30 March 2020 to 3 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 6 April 2020 to 8 April 2020. Schedule : From 09:30 on 14 April 2020 to 16:00 on 14 April 2020.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 4:03 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J20 and J21 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 30 March 2020 to 31 March 2020.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 4:03 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J6A . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 30 March 2020 to 3 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 16:00 from 6 April 2020 to 8 April 2020. Schedule : From 09:30 on 14 April 2020 to 16:00 on 14 April 2020.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 4:02 pm
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 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 3:34 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise 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 31 March 2020 to 2 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 1:36 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J24 and 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 31 March 2020 to 2 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 1:36 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 31 March 2020 to 05:00 on 1 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 12:30 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J24 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 29 March 2020 to 05:30 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J22 and J21A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2020 to 05:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 29 March 2020 to 05:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
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: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
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: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 March 2020 to 05:30 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 29 March 2020 to 05:30 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 29 March 2020 to 05:30 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the M25 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 30 March 2020 to 1 April 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J1 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 28 March 2020 to 06:00 on 29 March 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 29 March 2020 to 05:30 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am

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