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:  March 2020
Cost:  TBC
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  March 2023 (*Subject to Delivery Plan approval and publication)
Programme:  Smart motorways

Progress report

The project is continuing to work on site and, given the current situation with COVID-19, we are adhering to Government and Public Health England advice.

The project met its Delivery Plan target start of works date of March 2020, and we commenced with vegetation clearance on the 16 March.

What's next?

From March 2020 we will be working on:

Initial works:

  • detailed design development
  • strengthening the hard shoulder
  • structural survey work
  • site clearance, including vegetation on the verge
  • detailed topography, drainage and road surface surveys

Further works:

  • 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
March 2023 Works open for traffic (*Subject to Delivery Plan approval and publication)

Community news

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.

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.

Project media files and documents

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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 between junctions J23 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 1 September 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 11, 2020, 6:04 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J9 and J10 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Road Marking Works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 11, 2020, 5:01 am
Location : The M25 clockwise entry slip at junction J25 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 12 August 2020 to 05:30 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 11, 2020, 4:31 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J1 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 11 August 2020 to 05:00 on 12 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 11, 2020, 4:02 am
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J27 and J25 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 11 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 14 August 2020 to 05:00 on 15 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 11, 2020, 4:02 am
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J9 and J8 . 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 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 24 August 2020 to 28 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 10, 2020, 9:11 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 24 August 2020 to 28 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 10, 2020, 9:11 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J9 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 17 August 2020 to 22 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 24 August 2020 to 28 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 10, 2020, 9:11 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J9 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 August 2020 to 05:00 on 28 August 2020.
Posted: August 10, 2020, 9:11 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J6 and J1 . 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 17 August 2020 to 19 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 10, 2020, 9:10 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J20 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 August 2020 to 05:00 on 18 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 10, 2020, 9:10 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 11 August 2020 to 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 10, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J22 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 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 11 August 2020 to 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 10, 2020, 3:30 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 11 August 2020 to 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 10, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 11 August 2020 to 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 10, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise entry slip at junction J24 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:30 from 11 August 2020 to 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 10, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise entry slip at junction J23 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:30 on 1 September 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 9, 2020, 11:04 pm
Location : The M25 clockwise between junctions J20 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 15 August 2020 to 05:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 16 August 2020 to 05:00 on 17 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 9:10 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: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J6 and J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 11 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 17 August 2020 to 20 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J23 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 00:01 on 25 November 2020.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise exit slip at junction J23 . 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 12 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 16 August 2020 to 05:30 on 17 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J1 and J5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 27 November 2030.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J8 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 11 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 17 August 2020 to 20 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J4 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 12 August 2020 to 05:00 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J24 and J23 . 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 12 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 16 August 2020 to 05:30 on 17 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J10 . Reason : Road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:00 on 17 August 2020 to 06:00 on 18 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise entry slip at junction J23 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 13 August 2020 to 05:00 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The A1M southbound at junction J1 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 00:01 on 25 November 2020.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J5 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 13 August 2020 to 05:00 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J6A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 11 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 17 August 2020 to 20 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J23 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 13 August 2020 to 05:00 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 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: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J1 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 12 August 2020 to 05:00 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The A414 westbound between the junctions with the A405 and the M1 . 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 11 August 2020 to 15 August 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 17 August 2020 to 20 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J23 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 13 August 2020 to 05:00 on 14 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise between junctions J25 and J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 12 August 2020 to 05:00 on 13 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M25 anticlockwise at junction J23 . 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 12 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 16 August 2020 to 05:30 on 17 August 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
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 12 August 2020 to 14 August 2020. Schedule : From 23:00 on 14 August 2020 to 06:00 on 15 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:00 on 15 August 2020 to 06:00 on 16 August 2020. Schedule : From 22:30 on 16 August 2020 to 05:30 on 17 August 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J6A and J8 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 11 August 2020 to 05:00 on 20 August 2020.
Posted: August 8, 2020, 3:30 pm

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