M1 Junctions 19 to 16 All Lane RunningRecently updated

Reducing congestion on the M1 by making it a smart motorway between junctions 19 and 16.

Region:  East Midlands
Start date:  Nov 2015
Cost:  £94.1m
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  by the end of December 2017
Programme:  Smart Motorways

Progress report

We have now:

  • completed construction of all gantries and sign posts required for the new smart motorway technology and signs
  • started the installation of new power and communication cables between junction 16 and Watford Gap Services, which will power the new smart motorway technology
  • started removing the temporary barriers on the north and southbound carriageways between junctions 16 and 17
  • started resurfacing works in the new lane 4 between junctions 18 and 19 - the new surfacing will be low noise, as part of our commitment to minimise impacts and provide benefits to local residents

M1 Junctions 19 to 16 resurfacing

Resurfacing works

M1 Junctions 19 to 16 verge works

Works continuing in the verges

What next?

Our next phase of work will be to:

  • strengthen lane 1 (formerly the hard shoulder) to reinforce the road for increased traffic flows between junctions 16 and 17, including full depth low noise resurfacing
  • complete the construction of the remaining Emergency Refuge Areas and the vehicle restraint system between Watford Gap Services and junction 17
  • continue with the removal of the steel barrier between Watford Gap Services and junction 17 - this will enable the resurfacing works to commence
  • continue technology ducting work between junctions 17 and 19 in advance of installing the new cables
  • install all of the technology, signs and lighting required for operation of the new smart motorway, this includes CCTV throughout the project

Timeline

Event Date
Preliminary works Autumn 2015 – November 2015
Construction starts early 2016
Construction complete end of December 2017

Why we need this scheme

The M1 is:

  • a strategic route for local, regional and international traffic
  • a direct motorway route between north and south
  • a major route connecting major conurbations
The M1 between junctions 19 and 16 is part of the link between the M1 and M6 at Catthorpe Interchange. It currently carries more traffic than it was designed to carry, resulting in congestion and delays.

Aims

This scheme will:
  • relieve congestion
  • smooth the flow of the traffic
  • improve safety
  • improve journey times
  • support economic development in the region

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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 J16 and J18 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder, lanes 1 and 2 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 September 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 24, 2017, 8:02 pm
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 September 2017 to 06:00 on 27 September 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 September 2017 to 06:00 on 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:07 am
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J16 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 September 2017 to 06:00 on 27 September 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 September 2017 to 06:00 on 29 September 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 October 2017 to 14 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 23, 2017, 5:04 am
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J18 and J16 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 27 September 2017 to 16:00 on 27 September 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J16 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:05 on 21 September 2017 to 06:00 on 14 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J16 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 15 September 2017 to 06:00 on 14 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J16 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 26 September 2017 to 06:00 on 27 September 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 28 September 2017 to 06:00 on 29 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J16 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 September 2017 to 06:00 on 26 September 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 September 2017 to 06:00 on 28 September 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 9 October 2017 to 14 October 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J16 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 September 2017 to 06:00 on 26 September 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 September 2017 to 06:00 on 28 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J15A and J16 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:04 on 22 September 2017 to 06:00 on 16 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J16 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 September 2017 to 06:00 on 26 September 2017. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 September 2017 to 06:00 on 28 September 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J15A and J16 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 September 2017 to 06:00 on 26 September 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 7 October 2017 to 9 October 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 14 October 2017 to 16 October 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:05 on 21 September 2017 to 06:00 on 16 October 2017.
Posted: September 22, 2017, 11:44 pm

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