M1 junctions 32-35a

Charlie Stewart

M1 junctions 32-35a

Improving the M1 by making it a smart motorway between junctions 32 and 35a.

Scheme stats

Region: North East
Start date: January 2015
Cost: £106.1 million
Type: Major Scheme
End date: March 2017
Project status

Progress report

We are working to upgrade the M1 to a smart motorway. This means the motorway is under traffic management with narrow lanes and a 50mph speed limit between junctions 32 and 35a. We understand this can be frustrating, but it is important for your safety and the safety of our workers. These measures will stay in place until we “switch on” the smart motorway – we currently expect this to happen in winter 2016/17.

What next?

Scheme is programmed to be operationally available in winter 2016/2017.


Date Event
October 2010 Spending review: scheme to be prepared for construction by 2016
March 2012 Start of construction confirmed for 2013/14, subject to statutory processes
June 2013 Start of preparatory scheme to replace central reserve barrier
December 2013 Preparatory scheme ends
February 2015 Construction begins
Winter 2016/17 Construction ends

Why we need this scheme

The M1 in South Yorkshire is an important route for regional and international traffic. The section between junction 32 (M18) and junction 35 (A616) carries more than 110,000 vehicles each day and suffers from congestion and delay at peak times.


This project will relieve congestion and smooth the flow of the traffic, improving safety and journey times. These benefits will also support economic development in the region.

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