M1 junction 19 to 16 all-lane running

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:  COMPLETED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2021/22
Programme:  Smart motorways

Progress report

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.

What next?

All works on the scheme are now complete.

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 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 May 2019 to 05:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 May 2019 to 05:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 May 2019 to 05:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm

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