We officially begin construction of this scheme on 30 March 2017. During the construction of this scheme, there will be:
- three lanes open to traffic in each direction during peak periods
- a Traffic Safety and Control Officer permanently on site
- free breakdown recovery service along the scheme extent
- 24 hour CCTV coverage
Our activity will take place across the full length of the scheme and during the night. This means that we will use traffic management and reduced speed limits between junctions 23a and 25 to ensure the safety of the workforce and the travelling public. Our night time working hours are 8:00pm to 6:00am.
Diversion route maps
- Diversion 1: M1 northbound carriageway road closure between J23a-24
- Diversion 2: M1 northbound carriageway road closure between J24-J24a
- Diversion 3: M1 northbound carriageway road closure between J24-J25
- Diversion 4: M1 southbound carriageway road closure between J25-J24
- Diversion 5: M1 southbound carriageway road closure between J24a-J24
- Diversion 6: M1 southbound carriageway road closure between J24a-J23a
- Diversion 7: M1 southbound carriageway road closure between J23a-J23
- Diversion 8: M1 northbound carriageway road closure between J23-J23a
We will need to use full overnight closures where possible. We will tell you about closures as early as possible and clearly signed diversion routes will be in place.
We ask that drivers follow the signed diversion routes during road closures.
We advise local residents and business owners to ensure they allow extra time to complete their journeys. We will do our utmost to complete the work as efficiently as possible and keep noise and disruption to a minimum.
Update on the Statutory Instrument Consultation
The Statutory Instrument Consultation on implementing variable mandatory speed limits on this scheme closed on 3 March 2017. We are now in the process of finalising the report and will publish this on the scheme website in due course.
|Autumn 2016||Public information exhibitions|
|Winter 2016||Project development phase ends|
|March 2017||Construction begins|
|December 2018||Construction ends|
Why we need this scheme
The M1 is a strategic route that carries high volumes of heavy goods and other vehicles. Drivers currently experience congestion and unreliable journey times at busy periods and traffic is predicted to grow, particularly with the growth expected at East Midlands Airport.
The scheme in detail
In the 2014 Roads Investment Strategy, the M1 junction 23a-24 was confirmed as committed to extending the previously-announced M1 smart motorway junctions 24-25 improvement to junction 23a (East Midlands Airport).
The scheme will convert the M1 into a controlled motorway between junctions 23a and 24 and an all lane running smart motorway between junctions 24 and 25. In total we will be upgrading 7.5miles (12km), which is expected to begin main construction in early 2017 and complete in late 2018.
The scheme will involve:
- permanent conversion of the hard shoulder to create a fourth lane between junctions 24 and 25 and changing the junctions to accommodate this
- the introduction of variable mandatory speed limits with an associated enforcement/compliance system
- new CCTV cameras and electronic information signs and signals on gantries - these will show the variable mandatory speed limits and manage traffic flow and incidents
- emergency refuge areas throughout the length of the scheme
- the hardening of the central reserve and installation of a reinforced barrier to improve safety
- emergency roadside telephones (ERT) provided in within emergency refuge areas and in locations where the hard shoulder is retained
- queue detection and automatic signalling system, which provides queue protection and congestion management
- comprehensive low light pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) CCTV coverage
- 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
An environmental screening exercise at an early stage of the project indicated that it was considered unlikely that there would be significant adverse effects resulting from the M1 junctions 23a to 25 smart motorway scheme.
Further investigation undertaken during scoping suggested that as the proposed works are wholly located within an existing motorway, no significant effects are predicted, therefore, a statutory environmental impact assessment (EIA) is not necessary. However, we recognise our duties of care to the environment and communities near our motorways and further assessment was undertaken and reported in an Environmental Study Report (ESR) in order to meet our responsibilities to identify, manage and monitor the effects of all our major developments.
The key issues considered include:
- air quality, in relation to housing and air quality management areas
- surveys for protected species and habitats including badgers and great crested newts
- to minimise the loss of woodland screening between the scheme and dwellings in Long Eaton and Sawley and to design mitigation to reinforce this screening for the future
Some sections of the existing noise barrier will be replaced and locations for additional barriers are currently being investigated.
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