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.
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.
|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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