Project Update: M1 Smart Motorway

Highways England is in the process of improving the 12km stretch of the M1 between junctions 23a - 25 which involves a permanent conversion of the hard shoulder to create a fourth lane, the introduction of a new speed enforcement/compliance system, CCTV cameras and queue detection, automatic signalling system and electronic information signs and signals on gantries. Currently the project has made significant progress including installing 35 new gantries, constructing 11,000m of new concrete barrier and installing 3,060m of new environmental barrier. 

Currently, workers are undergoing work to complete the verges on the road, this work includes an extensive upgrade of the existing drainage system, constructing seven new emergency areas, installing new cable ducting systems for power and fibre cables, installing overhead gantries and 31 electronic signs and installing 31 CCTV cameras to provide full CCTV coverage.

It’s hoped the scheme will provide greater traffic capacity and more reliable journey times by reducing congestion to make journeys more reliable for this section of the M1 and is expected to be completed by December 2018.

If you’re interested in finding out more about this project and position’s available, chat to Steve Castle.