M1 J19-16 Smart Motorway

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Scheme Outline

Scheme details

Timescale
November 2015 - March 2017
Status
Under construction
Type
Upgrade to existing road under motorway restrictions
Cost
£ 65.4m
Authority
Highways England
Region: East Midlands
Finance
Central Government
Length
26 km
16 miles

Upgrade of the M1 to provide Smart Motorway technology between Junction 16 (Kislingbury) and 19 (Catthorpe), with the stated aim of improving traffic flow, reducing congestion and increasing safety.

The upgraded section will operate All Lane Running, converting the hard shoulder to a permanent running lane. This will provide four lanes in each direction on this section of the M1, with emergency lay-bys to replace the hard shoulder.

Work to upgrade the central reservation to a concrete step barrier on this section was completed at the end of 2015, in anticipation for the commencement of these works. Due to the level of disruption these initial works caused, Highways England has decided to roll out the Smart Motorway work in two phases, to minimise driver frustration, which is compounded by the nearby J19 Catthorpe Interchange improvement works. Work will begin between junctions 16 and 17 first, with work between junctions 17 and 19 beginning afterwards, when the Catthorpe Interchange works are completed at the end of 2016.

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Progress

3 February 2016 Work on the first phase begins this week.
11 April 2016 The work has begun, with the usual miles of cones and the monotony of 50mph speed limits.

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More information

Official website
Highways England: M1 Junctions 19 to 16: All Lane Running: Smart Motorway

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With thanks to Maurice Andrews, Steve, Tobye and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 11 April 2016.