In November 2017, we opened the first phase of the smart motorway between junctions 18 and 16 in both directions. By February 2018, we had opened the final section of this smart motorway, between junctions 19 and 18, meaning this section of the M1 was now a fully operational smart motorway.
The main construction work of this scheme was delivered in 24 months.
Following the scheme becoming operational, we had some minor maintenance works remaining, which were carried out under overnight lane closures to minimise disruption for customers. All outstanding maintenance works were completed by February 2019.
As part of the smart motorway upgrade, we have converted the hard shoulder into a permanently running lane in both directions to provide the extra capacity required. The scheme has also introduced new CCTV cameras and electronic information signs and signals on gantries, which show the variable mandatory speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents.
The scheme has improved journeys through the capacity we have added, reducing congestion and making journeys more reliable on this vital route.
We would like to thank everyone for their co-operation and understanding while works were taking place on this major scheme.
Find out further information about driving on smart motorways.
All works on the scheme are now complete.
|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
AimsThis 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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