M1 junctions 23a to 25: smart motorway

Region:  East Midlands
Start date:  2016/17
Cost:  ¬£120 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2018/19
Programme:  East Midlands: work on the M1 junctions 23a to 25

Progress report

Since starting work on the M1 junctions 23a to 25 smart motorway project in March 2017, we have made significant progress including:

  • installing 35 gantries
  • constructing 11,000 metres of new concrete barrier
  • installing 3,060 metres of new environmental barrier

In the northern end of the scheme, we have completed the installation of the new concrete barrier and are now completing verge works, these works include:

  • carrying out an extensive upgrade of the existing drainage system
  • replacing and renewing existing manholes and associated drainage
  • constructing seven new emergency areas
  • installing a new cable ducting system for power and fibre cables
  • installing overhead gantries and 31 electronic signs
  • installing 31 CCTV cameras to provide full CCTV coverage

What’s next?

Throughout the coming months, we will be:

  • installing the remaining gantries
  • continuing with the central reserve works in the south end of the scheme
  • continuing with technology works
  • resurfacing all lanes throughout the length of the scheme

The M1 is currently suffering from severe delays and congestion in this area while we work hard to complete this project as quick as possible. We advise drivers to plan ahead and factor this into journey times.

Overnight closures will continue to be required while we complete the remaining works. Here is a full list of diversion routes:

Update on the Statutory Instrument Consultation

The Statutory Instrument Consultation on implementing variable mandatory speed limits on this scheme closed on 3 March 2017. We are now in the process of finalising the report and will publish this on the scheme website in due course.

Date Event
Autumn 2016 Public information exhibitions
Winter 2016 Project development phase ends
March 2017 Construction begins
December 2018 Construction ends

Why we need this scheme

The M1 is a strategic route that carries high volumes of heavy goods and other vehicles. Drivers currently experience congestion and unreliable journey times at busy periods and traffic is predicted to grow, particularly with the growth expected at East Midlands Airport.

The scheme in detail

In the 2014 Roads Investment Strategy, the M1 junction 23a-24 was confirmed as committed to extending the previously-announced M1 smart motorway junctions 24-25 improvement to junction 23a (East Midlands Airport).

The scheme will convert the M1 into a controlled motorway between junctions 23a and 24 and an all lane running smart motorway between junctions 24 and 25. In total we will be upgrading 7.5miles (12km), which is expected to begin main construction in early 2017 and complete in late 2018.

The scheme will involve:

  • permanent conversion of the hard shoulder to create a fourth lane between junctions 24 and 25 and changing the junctions to accommodate this
  • the introduction of variable mandatory speed limits with an associated enforcement/compliance system
  • new CCTV cameras and electronic information signs and signals on gantries - these will show the variable mandatory speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
  • emergency refuge areas throughout the length of the scheme
  • the hardening of the central reserve and installation of a reinforced barrier to improve safety
  • emergency roadside telephones (ERT) provided in within emergency refuge areas and in locations where the hard shoulder is retained
  • queue detection and automatic signalling system, which provides queue protection and congestion management
  • comprehensive low light pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) CCTV coverage

Aims

  • reduce congestion and smooth the flow of traffic to improve travel times to make journeys more reliable
  • support the economy and facilitate economic growth within the region by providing much needed capacity on the motorway reducing the cost of economic delay to commuters and business traffic
  • maximise motorway capacity while maintaining safety on motorways
  • minimise environmental impacts

Environmental Impacts

An environmental screening exercise at an early stage of the project indicated that it was considered unlikely that there would be significant adverse effects resulting from the M1 junctions 23a to 25 smart motorway scheme.

Further investigation undertaken during scoping suggested that as the proposed works are wholly located within an existing motorway, no significant effects are predicted, therefore, a statutory environmental impact assessment (EIA) is not necessary. However, we recognise our duties of care to the environment and communities near our motorways and further assessment was undertaken and reported in an Environmental Study Report (ESR) in order to meet our responsibilities to identify, manage and monitor the effects of all our major developments.

The key issues considered include:

  • air quality, in relation to housing and air quality management areas
  • surveys for protected species and habitats including badgers and great crested newts
  • to minimise the loss of woodland screening between the scheme and dwellings in Long Eaton and Sawley and to design mitigation to reinforce this screening for the future

Some sections of the existing noise barrier will be replaced and locations for additional barriers are currently being investigated.

Project media files and documents

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Project timeline

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 between junctions J24 and J24A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 9:31 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J23 and J23A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 9:20 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J24 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:24 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J25 and J23A . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:15 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:16 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J24 and J23A . Lane Closures : Lane four will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 20 October 2018 to 2 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 3 November 2018 to 9 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:05 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J24 and J24A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 20 October 2018 to 21:00 on 20 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 21 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 27 October 2018 to 9 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:05 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J25 and J24 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 20 October 2018 to 24 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 27 October 2018 to 2 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 3 November 2018 to 11 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:05 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J23A and J24 . Lane Closures : Lane four will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 20 October 2018 to 21:00 on 20 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 21 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 27 October 2018 to 9 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of five lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:05 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J23 and J23A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 20 October 2018 to 21:00 on 20 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 21 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 27 October 2018 to 9 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:05 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J24A and J23 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J23A . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J23A . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J24A . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J24 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J24 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J24A . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J25 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J23A and J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There are two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The A453 southbound between the M1 and the junction with the A42 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J23A and J24 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There are three of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The A453 northbound between the junctions with the A42 and the M1 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The A50 eastbound between the junctions with the A6 and the M1 J24A . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The A50 eastbound between the M1 J24A and the junction with the M1 A453. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The A50 eastbound at the junction with the M1 J24A . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:04 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J24A . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 20 October 2018 to 26 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 27 October 2018 to 2 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 21:00 from 3 November 2018 to 9 November 2018. Schedule : From 06:00 on 10 November 2018 to 21:00 on 12 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:03 pm
Location : The A50 westbound between the junctions with the M1 and the A6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:03 pm
Location : The A453 southbound between the A52 and the junction with the M1 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:02 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J24A . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 20 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:02 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J24A . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:58 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 20 October 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:02 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J23A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 3 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:01 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J23A . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 10 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:01 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J24 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 10 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:01 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J24 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 19 October 2018 to 06:00 on 10 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:01 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J24 and J25 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 21:00 on 24 October 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 5:32 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J24 and J26 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 06:01 on 18 October 2018 to 06:00 on 10 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 5:32 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J25 and J23 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:20 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 10 November 2018.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 4:37 pm
Location : The A42 southbound between the junctions with the M1 and the A453 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 October 2018 to 06:00 on 26 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 7:10 pm
Location : The A453 southbound between the M1 and the junction with the A42 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 October 2018 to 09:30 on 22 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 2:50 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J23 and J25 . 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 24 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 November 2018 to 10 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 2:01 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J23 and J25 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 06:00 on 14 October 2018 to 06:00 on 10 November 2018.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 2:01 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J25 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:02 on 17 October 2018 to 06:00 on 7 November 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 8:03 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J25 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 October 2018 to 06:00 on 10 November 2018.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 12:51 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J25 . 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 24 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 7 November 2018 to 10 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 12:51 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J24 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 November 2018 to 10 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 12:40 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J23A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 October 2018 to 06:00 on 25 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 12:10 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J23A . 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 24 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 November 2018 to 10 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 12:10 pm
Location : The M1 southbound at junction J25 . 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 24 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 November 2018 to 12 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 12:01 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J24 and J26 . 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 24 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 7 November 2018 to 10 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 11:50 am
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J24 and J23A . 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 24 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 November 2018 to 10 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 11:01 am
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J25 and J24 . 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 24 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 November 2018 to 10 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 11:01 am
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J24 and J23A . 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 24 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 November 2018 to 10 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of four lanes closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 11:01 am
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J23A and J23 . 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 24 October 2018 to 27 October 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 29 October 2018 to 3 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 5 November 2018 to 10 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 11:01 am
Location : The A6 southbound between the junctions with the A5111 and the A50 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 October 2018 to 06:00 on 21 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2018, 8:47 pm

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