Following the completion of the installation of a new concrete safety barrier and an improved drainage system in the central reservation from junction 13 to just south of junction 14, we've changed the traffic management layout in this area to allow room for the next phase of work to start in the verge on the northbound and southbound carriageways between junction 13 to south of junction 14.
Initial work in the verge will include site clearance, removal of existing safety barriers and decommissioning of redundant technology assets. On completion of this work, we'll begin earthworks and retaining solutions which will provide the additional space required to upgrade the hard shoulder to a running lane.
Work is now well under way on the section of central reservation between south of junction 14 and junction 15. We've removed the existing steel barrier to junction 15 and excavated the centre of the motorway, and are installing additional drainage, resurfacing and fitting the new concrete central reservation barrier between junction 14 and Wolverton Road, Newport Pagnell. This phase of work will be in place until late 2019, when we're looking to switch the traffic management between junctions 14 and Newport Pagnell to the verge.
Forthcoming works include:
- installation of concrete barriers in the central reservation between junctions 14 and 15
- resurfacing of lane 4 on both northbound and southbound carriageways
- technology works
- vegetation clearance in the verge
- concrete repairs and testing
- commencement of earthworks and temporary works for retaining structures
As the hard shoulder is currently being used as a running lane and there is no safe place for motorists to stop or leave the motorway other than the slip roads or motorway service areas, a free recovery service is offered for road users who break down within our roadworks.
Always try to exit the motorway immediately if your vehicle is damaged or experiencing difficulties. If this is not possible and your vehicle stops in the nearside lane (lane 1) and you feel able to exit safely with any occupants, consider exiting your vehicle via the nearside (left hand) door, and wait behind the safety barriers on the verge if it's safe to do so.
If you're not able to get out of your vehicle safely, or there's no other place of relative safety to wait then you should stay in your vehicle with your seat belt on and dial â€˜999â€™ if you have access to a working mobile phone.
In all cases, switch on your hazard warning lights.
|December 2014||Government announces scheme|
|September 2017||Public information events|
|December 2017||Complete the design phase|
|June 2018||Works start|
|March 2022||Works complete|
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.
This scheme will help ease the congestion and make journey times more reliable during busy periods on this stretch of motorway which passes through Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, connecting Bedford, Milton Keynes and Northampton.
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 involves:
- improving the safety of the central reserve by installing a Rigid Concrete Barrier (RCB) between junction 13 and junction 15
- upgrading junctions 13 to 16 to four lanes running with no hard shoulder
- 38 new Emergency Areas with emergency roadside telephones
- resurfacing all lanes
- new and replacement Vehicle Restraint System in the verges
- new cantilever and superspan gantries to support Variable Mandatory Speed Limits and driver information using a combination of Motorway Signals and Advanced Motorway Indicators
The following new and replacement structures will be delivered:
- Low light/infrared CCTV cameras to provide 100% coverage and installation of the Highways Agency Digital Enforcement Camera System (HADECS)
- Under-bridge and culvert extension to accommodate the proposed alignment
- New noise barriers and partial replacement of the existing noise barrier
- Landscape planting to mitigate new earthworks and gantry installation
While we're carrying out this work, there will be narrow lanes on the motorway and a temporary 50mph speed limit. During the day-time, we'll keep three lanes open in each direction. To carry out essential works, off-peak lane closures and overnight full carriageway closures will be necessary, for example, when we put new gantries into position and resurface the carriageway. Wherever possible, we'll keep this to a minimum. Night-time working hours will vary depending on traffic conditions.
During construction, there will be:
- Three lanes open to traffic in each direction
- Free breakdown recovery service along the extent of the scheme
- 24-hour CCTV coverage to identify incidents and allow timely recovery
- Planned diversion routes
Length of roadworks
We're carrying out this work in a way that will create the minimum of disruption to drivers using this busy stretch of the M1.
We'll be working in phases to reduce the extent of roadworks and the timescales for completing the scheme. This means that drivers will not experience 38km of roadworks during construction.
Roadworks and traffic management
Safety is at the heart of what we do. Working close to machinery and live traffic brings hazards, so itâ€™s important that our staff have regular rest breaks. If it appears that work is only taking place on one small section of the road, staff may be on their rest breaks. Alternatively, they may be moving steadily along the coned-off lane.
Reduced speed limits help keep all road users safe, not just road workers. Roadwork sites can be dangerous places. The driving environment around roadworks can be very different from normal. There may be changes to the normal standard of carriageway, such as lane restrictions or contra-flow running, as well as works vehicles entering or leaving the site. Excavations, vehicles and equipment pose additional risks and the safety of road users is always our primary consideration.
Roadworks during public holidays
Where possible, we'll remove traffic management during public holidays.
M1 junction 11a to 14 North and South diversion
M1 junction 13 to 14 North and South diversion
M1 junction 14 to 15 North and South diversion
M1 junction 14 to 15 North and South diversion â€“ alternative
M1 junction 15 to 15a North and South diversion
M1 junction 15a to 16 North and South diversion
M1 junction 18 to 16 South diversion
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
ESR Appendix B - Air Quality
ESR Appendix C - Noise and Vibration
ESR Appendix D - Landscape and Visual
ESR Appendix E - Cultural Heritage
ESR Appendix - Affected Road Network 2021
ESR Appendix - Air Quality Management Areas
ESR Appendix - Committed Developments
ESR Appendix - Compliance Risk Road Network
ESR Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J13-14 northbound
ESR Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J13-14 southbound
ESR Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J14-15 northbound
ESR Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J14-15 southbound
ESR Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J15a-16 northbound
ESR Appendix - Construction Noise and Vibration diversion routes J15a-16 southbound
ESR Appendix - Construction noise. Areas of potential significant adverse effects
ESR Appendix - Construction vibration. Areas of potential significant adverse effects
ESR Appendix - Cultural Heritage Receptors
ESR Appendix - Discussion Region Receptors
ESR Appendix - Do Something Results 2021
ESR Appendix - Ecological Receptors
ESR Appendix - Enviromental Masterplan (mitigation strategy)
ESR Appendix - Flood Risk from Rivers
ESR Appendix - Landscape Character, Viewpoints and Visibility
ESR Appendix - Location and results of noise survey
ESR Appendix - Monitoring Locations
ESR Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Long term Do-Minimum comparison day time
ESR Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Long term Do-Minimum comparison night time
ESR Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Long term Do-Something comparison day time
ESR Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Long term Do-Something comparison night time
ESR Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Proposed Noise Barriers
ESR Appendix - Operational road traffic noise. Short-term comparison day time
ESR Appendix - Scheme Location
ESR Appendix - Surface Water Flood Risk
ESR Appendix - Verification Zones
ESR Appendix - Viewpoint Photographs
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