M1 junction 13 to junction 16: smart motorwayRecently updated

We are improving the 37.9km (23.6 miles) section of the M1 between junctions 13 and 16 by upgrading it to an All-Lane Running (ALR) smart motorway.

Region:  East Midlands
Start date:  May 2018
Cost:  ¬£373 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  March 2022
Programme:  

Progress report

We are now consulting on the proposed implementation of variable mandatory speed limits within this scheme. Please visit the consultation page to find out more information and have your say.

We held a series of public information events in September and October 2017 to provide information about the scheme and detailed design and construction phase.

In December 2017, we completed a smart motorway design that meets the aims of the scheme. We also undertook a range of surveys and assessments to help inform us about the local environment.

Advance works for the scheme began on 22 January 2018. These advance works included some vegetation and tree clearance work between Junction 13, near Brogborough, and Tathall End, to the north of Junction 14, in various locations over a 3 month period until the end of March 2018.

What next?

The main construction will start in late May 2018 and is scheduled to begin at Junction 13 and head northwards. We plan to use phased working to reduce the length of roadworks along the scheme and the timescales for completing the scheme. This means that there will not be 37.9km of roadworks for the duration of construction. Full overnight closures of the motorway will only be used when necessary and we share information on full closures as soon as they are confirmed.

Timeline

Government announces scheme December 2014
Public information events September 2017
Complete the design phase December 2017
Works start May 2018
Works complete March 2022

Why we need this scheme

The M1 is a key strategic route carrying high volumes of heavy goods and other vehicles between London and the North.

Drivers currently experience congestion and unreliable journey times at busy periods, while traffic is predicted to grow. The section between junctions 13 and 16 is 37.9km (23.6 miles) in length, passing through Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire and providing connections to the towns of Bedford, Milton Keynes and Northampton.

Aims

The aim of this scheme is to:

  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic to improve travel times to make journeys more reliable
  • support the economy and facilitate economic growth within the region by providing much needed capacity on the motorway reducing the cost of economic delay to commuters and business traffic
  • maximise motorway capacity while maintaining safety on motorways
  • minimise environmental impacts

The scheme in detail

The scheme will involve:

  • hardening of the central reserve and installation of a Rigid Concrete Barrier (RCB) between J13-15
  • a RCB between J15 and J16 has already been delivered as part of the J16-19 Smart Motorway scheme
  • upgrade of Junctions 13 to 16 to four lanes running with no hard shoulder
  • 38 new Emergency Refuge Areas (ERAs). Emergency Roadside Telephones will be installed at ERAs
  • all lanes to be resurfaced
  • new and replacement Vehicle Restraint System in the verges
  • provision of new cantilever and superspan gantries to support Variable Mandatory Speed Limits and driver information using a combination of Motorway Signals and Advanced Motorway Indicators
  • new and replacement structures
  • installation of low light/infrared CCTV cameras
  • underbridge and culvert extension to accommodate the proposed alignment
  • installation of new noise barriers and replacement of specific lengths of existing noise barrier where required
  • landscape planting to mitigate new earthworks and gantry installation

Environmental impact

An environmental screening exercise at an early stage of the project indicated that it was considered unlikely there would be significant adverse effects resulting from the M1 junctions 13 to 16 smart motorway scheme. The key issues considered include:

  • air quality mitigation, in relation to housing and air quality management areas
  • surveys for protected species and habitats including bats, badgers dormouse and great crested newts.
  • to minimise the loss of vegetative screening along the scheme and to design mitigation to reinforce screening for the future.

Some sections of the existing noise barrier will be replaced with new sections of environmental barrier as they have reached the end of life. Additional noise barriers will also be delivered as part of the scheme design at a number of Noise Important Areas.

Project media files and documents

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M1 junction 13 to junction 16 environmental study report
Appendix B - Air Quality
Appendix C - Noise and Vibration
Appendix D - Landscape and Visual
Appendix E - Cultural Heritage
Appendix - Affected Road Network 2021
Appendix - Air Quality Management Areas
Appendix - Committed Developments
Appendix - Compliance Risk Road Network
Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J13-14 northbound
Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J13-14 southbound
Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J14-15 northbound
Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J14-15 southbound
Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J15a-16 northbound
Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J15a-16 southbound
Appendix - Construction noise. Areas of potential significant adverse effects
Appendix - Construction vibration. Areas of potential significant adverse effects
Appendix - Cultural Heritage Receptors
Appendix - Discussion Region Receptors
Appendix - Do Something Results 2021
Appendix - Ecological Receptors
Appendix - Enviromental Masterplan (mitigation strategy)
Appendix - Flood Risk from Rivers
Appendix - Landscape Character, Viewpoints and Visibility
Appendix - Location and results of noise survey
Appendix - Monitoring Locations
Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Long term Do-Minimum comparison day time
Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Long term Do-Minimum comparison night time
Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Long term Do-Something comparison day time
Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Long term Do-Something comparison night time
Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Proposed Noise Barriers
Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Short-term comparison day time
Appendix - Scheme Location
Appendix - Surface Water Flood Risk
Appendix - Verification Zones
Appendix - Viewpoint Photographs

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 M1 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 17:00 from 29 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 17:00 from 30 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A5 southbound entry slip from the A422 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 May 2018 to 05:00 on 26 May 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A421 northbound between the junctions with the M1 and the A428 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A5 northbound between the junctions with the A422 and the A508 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 June 2018 to 9 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2018 to 14 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J14 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 7 June 2018 to 06:00 on 8 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 June 2018 to 12 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A5 northbound between the junctions with the A4012 and the A4146 Bletchley South. 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 May 2018 to 6 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J15 and J12 . 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 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A5 southbound between the junctions with the A508 and the A422 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 June 2018 to 9 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 11 June 2018 to 14 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J12 and J15 . 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 30 May 2018 to 2 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J13 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 7 June 2018 to 06:00 on 8 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 June 2018 to 12 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J12 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 30 May 2018 to 05:00 on 2 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J15 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 7 June 2018 to 06:00 on 8 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 June 2018 to 12 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J13 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 7 June 2018 to 06:00 on 8 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 June 2018 to 12 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J15 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:02 on 8 May 2018 to 06:00 on 12 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 30 May 2018 to 05:00 on 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J12 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 7 June 2018 to 06:00 on 8 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 10 June 2018 to 12 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J15 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 May 2018 to 05:00 on 2 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm

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