M1 junction 13 to junction 16: smart motorwayRecently updated

We are improving the 37.9km (23.6 miles) section of the M1 between junctions 13 and 16 by upgrading it to an All-Lane Running (ALR) smart motorway.

Region:  East Midlands
Start date:  May 2018
Cost:  ¬£349 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  March 2022
Programme:  

Progress report

In December 2017 we completed the smart motorway scheme design phase for this section of the M1 which meet the aims of the scheme. We also undertook a range of surveys and assessments to help inform us about the local environment.

We held a series of public information events in September and October 2017 to provide information about the detailed design and construction phase of the scheme.

What next?

Advance works for the scheme start on 22 January 2018. These advance works include some vegetation and tree clearance work between junction 13, near Brogborough, and Tathall End, to the north of junction 14, in various locations over a 3 month period until the end of March 2018.

Advance works are integral to preparing the motorway for the construction phase of the scheme. The vegetation and tree clearance is being undertaken so that the main construction and structures needed to upgrade the motorway can be accommodated. Wherever possible, existing vegetation will be protected and retained but where tree removal is unavoidable, a comprehensive replanting scheme will be implemented in order to mitigate visual impacts.

Appropriate controls have been put in place for the sustainable management of vegetation clearance. This includes chipping of any vegetation we need to remove, which will be part re-used on site to encourage natural wildlife habitation. The remainder will be removed from site for other uses. This will ensure there will be no waste arising from the vegetation and tree clearance work.

Highways England and our contractors are aware of the sensitive nature of the work as it is likely to be noisy. We have therefore developed detailed plans for construction and traffic management to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum wherever possible. This vegetation and tree clearance work will be undertaken during daytime hours with night time working used as a last resort where absolutely necessary. Where it is necessary, we will aim to carry out noisy operations before midnight.

To ensure safety during the advance works, lengths of the hard shoulder will be closed during the daytime on each side of the carriageway with occasional lane closures on the motorway between 22:00 and 06:00 at night.

Timeline

Government announces scheme December 2014
Public information events September 2017
Complete the design phase December 2017
Works start May 2018
Works complete March 2022

Why we need this scheme

The M1 is a key strategic route carrying high volumes of heavy goods and other vehicles between London and the North.

Drivers currently experience congestion and unreliable journey times at busy periods, while traffic is predicted to grow. The section between junctions 13 and 16 is 37.9km (23.6 miles) in length, passing through Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire and providing connections to the towns of Bedford, Milton Keynes and Northampton.

Aims

The aim of this scheme is to:

  • 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

The scheme in detail

The scheme will involve:

  • hardening of the central reserve and installation of a Rigid Concrete Barrier (RCB) between J13-15
  • a RCB between J15 and J16 has already been delivered as part of the J16-19 Smart Motorway scheme
  • upgrade of Junctions 13 to 16 to four lanes running with no hard shoulder
  • 38 new Emergency Refuge Areas (ERAs). Emergency Roadside Telephones will be installed at ERAs
  • all lanes to be resurfaced
  • new and replacement Vehicle Restraint System in the verges
  • provision of new cantilever and superspan gantries to support Variable Mandatory Speed Limits and driver information using a combination of Motorway Signals and Advanced Motorway Indicators
  • new and replacement structures
  • installation of low light/infrared CCTV cameras
  • underbridge and culvert extension to accommodate the proposed alignment
  • installation of new noise barriers and replacement of specific lengths of existing noise barrier where required
  • landscape planting to mitigate new earthworks and gantry installation

Environmental impact

An environmental screening exercise at an early stage of the project indicated that it was considered unlikely there would be significant adverse effects resulting from the M1 junctions 13 to 16 smart motorway scheme. The key issues considered include:

  • air quality mitigation, in relation to housing and air quality management areas
  • surveys for protected species and habitats including bats, badgers dormouse and great crested newts.
  • to minimise the loss of vegetative screening along the scheme and to design mitigation to reinforce screening for the future.

Some sections of the existing noise barrier will be replaced with new sections of environmental barrier as they have reached the end of life. Additional noise barriers will also be delivered as part of the scheme design at a number of Noise Important Areas.

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The A5 southbound between the junctions with the A508 and the A422 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 February 2018 to 1 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 6:07 am
Location : The A5 northbound between the junctions with the A422 and the A508 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 February 2018 to 1 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 6:07 am
Location : The A421 southbound between the A603 and the junction with the A6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 February 2018 to 28 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 6:04 am
Location : The A421 northbound between the A600 and the junction with the A4280 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2018 to 1 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 6:04 am
Location : The A421 southbound between the A603 and the junction with the A6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 February 2018 to 1 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 6:04 am
Location : The A421 southbound exit slip to the A6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 February 2018 to 1 March 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 6:04 am
Location : The A421 southbound between the junctions with the A6 and the A428 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 February 2018 to 28 February 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 6:04 am
Location : The A421 southbound exit slip to the A6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 February 2018 to 28 February 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 6:04 am
Location : The A421 southbound entry slip from the A6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 February 2018 to 28 February 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 6:04 am
Location : The A421 southbound between the A603 and the junction with the A6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 26 February 2018 to 1 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The A421 southbound exit slip to the A6 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 26 February 2018 to 1 March 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 26 February 2018 to 3 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J12 and J15 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 26 February 2018 to 2 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 24, 2018, 5:01 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J14 and J15 . 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 26 February 2018 to 12 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The A421 northbound between the A428 and the junction with the A603 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 22 February 2018 to 06:00 on 1 March 2018.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J11A and J12 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Gantry construction is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 March 2018 to 05:00 on 2 March 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J14 and J15A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 1 March 2018 to 16:00 on 1 March 2018. Schedule : From 09:00 on 15 March 2018 to 16:00 on 15 March 2018.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J12 . Reason : Gantry construction is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 March 2018 to 05:00 on 2 March 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 22:00 and 05:00 from 26 February 2018 to 2 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 17:00 from 26 February 2018 to 1 March 2018.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J12 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 17:00 from 26 February 2018 to 1 March 2018.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J14 and J15A . 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 26 February 2018 to 12 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J11 and J13 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Gantry construction is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 March 2018 to 05:00 on 2 March 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J15 and J14 . 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 26 February 2018 to 12 March 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The A5 northbound between the junctions with the M1 and the A5120 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 00:00 on 1 March 2018 to 23:59 on 31 March 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J12 . Reason : Gantry construction is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 March 2018 to 05:00 on 2 March 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J11A . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Gantry construction is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 1 March 2018 to 05:00 on 2 March 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 23, 2018, 7:33 pm

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