M1 junctions 23a to 25: smart motorwayRecently updated

Region:  East Midlands
Start date:  Early 2017
Cost:  £120 million
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  Late 2018
Programme:  Smart Motorways

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Progress report

We are currently developing plans for this scheme, including environmental assessments and value for money. We are planning to begin construction in early 2017.

What next?

We will continue to progress the scheme through the development phase. We will be holding public information exhibitions in autumn 2016, prior to constuction beginning early next year.

Date Event
Autumn 2016 Public information exhibitions
Winter 2016 Project development phase ends
Early 2017 Construction begins
Late 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

Aims

  • 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

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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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

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Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 10:00 on 25 January 2017 to 06:00 on 26 January 2017. Location : The A50 eastbound at the junction with the M1 J24A . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J24 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 24 January 2017 to 17:00 on 24 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 10:00 on 25 January 2017 to 06:00 on 26 January 2017. Location : The A50 eastbound. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 January 2017 to 05:00 on 28 January 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J22 and J21A . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 10:00 on 25 January 2017 to 06:00 on 26 January 2017. Location : The A50 eastbound between the A6 and the junction with the M1 J24A . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J25 and J24 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 23 January 2017 to 17:00 on 23 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 January 2017 to 05:00 on 23 January 2017. Location : The A52 westbound between the M1 and the junction with the A5111 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at junction J24A . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 25 January 2017 to 17:00 on 25 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 January 2017 to 26 January 2017. Location : The A52 westbound between the junctions with the A6464 and the A6007 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J25 and J24 . Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 17:00 from 24 January 2017 to 25 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 January 2017 to 05:00 on 23 January 2017. Location : The A52 eastbound at the junction with the A5111 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 January 2017 to 05:00 on 27 January 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J23 and J23A . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J24 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 24 January 2017 to 17:00 on 24 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J26 and J25 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 23 January 2017 to 17:00 on 23 January 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: January 21, 2017, 1:31 pm

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