M1 Junctions 19 to 16 All Lane RunningRecently updated

Reducing congestion on the M1 by making it a smart motorway between junctions 19 and 16.

Region:  East Midlands
Start date:  2015/16
Cost:  ¬£94.1m
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2021/22
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

The first two sections of the new smart motorway on the M1, between junctions 16 and 18, were opened in November 2017.

With the bulk of the work now complete, the full route between junctions 19 (Northampton) and 16 (Catthorpe) is now operating at speeds of up to 70mph and has an extra lane in both directions to provide more capacity, new overhead signage and signals to give drivers more information, and variable speed limits which will help to smooth traffic flows.

What next?

The final phase of works is to carry out resurfacing at junction 19 and essential repair work to maintain the bridge joints on the River Avon viaduct, to ensure that drivers continue to have safe and reliable journeys. This work will be undertaken between now and April, at night, when the road is at its quietest.

Timeline

Event Date
Preliminary works Autumn 2015 ‚Äď November 2015
Construction starts early 2016
Construction complete end of January 2018

Why we need this scheme

The M1 is:

  • a strategic route for local, regional and international traffic
  • a direct motorway route between north and south
  • a major route connecting major conurbations
The M1 between junctions 19 and 16 is part of the link between the M1 and M6 at Catthorpe Interchange. It currently carries more traffic than it was designed to carry, resulting in congestion and delays.

Aims

This scheme will:
  • relieve congestion
  • smooth the flow of the traffic
  • improve safety
  • improve journey times
  • support economic development in the region

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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 J18 and J15A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 18 May 2018 to 06:00 on 11 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J15A and J16 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 11 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J16 and J15A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 11 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J15A and J16 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 11 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 21 May 2018 to 06:00 on 11 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J15A and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 11 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J18 and J16 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 18 May 2018 to 06:00 on 11 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J15A and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 11 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J18 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 11 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J18 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 11 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 11 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm

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