M1 Junctions 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:  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?

Works will be carried out on steel gantries and MIDAS loops (Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signalling) along the M1 between junctions 19 and 16 between now and August 2018.

The majority of works are planned to be undertaken at night, under lane closures, when the road is at its quietest to minimise disruption wherever possible. However, a full carriageway closure will be required to carry out repairs to the MIDAS loops.

Some of the planned works can only be carried out in certain weather conditions. We are also working closely with other schemes on the network to help ensure coordination; therefore the planned closures will be subject to change, details of planned closures can be found under the roadworks section.

These works will be completed as quickly as possible.

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 J16 and J15 . 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 21 November 2018 to 25 November 2018. Schedule : From 22:00 on 3 December 2018 to 05:00 on 4 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 7 December 2018 to 16 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 21, 2018, 8:20 am
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J16 and J15 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 November 2018 to 05:00 on 16 December 2018.
Posted: November 21, 2018, 8:20 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside equipment maintenance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 November 2018 to 05:00 on 22 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 20, 2018, 11:30 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 26 November 2018 to 28 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 20, 2018, 7:48 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J18 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 November 2018 to 05:00 on 24 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 20, 2018, 7:48 pm

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