Plans for a smart motorway upgrade on the M1 in East Midlands were on display at two public exhibitions last week.
Highways England is proposing to improve the M1 between junction 23a and junction 25 by upgrading it to a smart motorway.
The project will upgrade a 7.4 mile stretch of the M1 to a smart motorway. Between junctions 24 and 25, an extra lane will be created in each direction by converting the hard shoulder to a permanent running lane, known as All Lane Running.
New signs, signals and technology will allow Highways England to set the speed limit to match the conditions. Between junctions 23a and 24, the M1 will remain a three lane motorway with a hard shoulder, but will still benefit from the upgraded technology. This is known as a Controlled Motorway.
Highways England senior project manager, Peter Smith, said: “The M1 is a major strategic route connecting people, communities and businesses. The smart motorway on this section of the M1 will improve journeys for our customers and ease congestion on one of our busiest motorways. It will also form part of a network of smart motorways connecting the North, Midlands and South and unlocking the benefits of smart motorways across England.”
Work on the upgrade is expected to start in early 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in 2018.