Video: New ‘smart’ M1 explained by project manager

Plans to upgrade a stretch of the M1 into a £120m ‘smart motorway’ were revealed in more detail today (Friday).

Highways Agency staff held an exhibition at Cedar Court Hotel explaining how the congestion-busting scheme will work.

An artist's impression of the M1 'smart motorway'

An artist's impression of the M1 'smart motorway'

And it will be open tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am until 4pm.

Hard shoulders will be converted into permanent fourth lanes between junctions 39 and 42, and overhead signs will inform drivers about accidents.

There will also be a variable speed limit enforced by cameras.

Roads minister Robert Goodwill said: “More than 113,000 vehicles use this section of the M1 every day, which means congestion is a serious problem and likely to increase significantly unless action is taken now. That is why this government has invested £120m to help improve access and traffic flow on this vital economic route, with road users and businesses set to benefit sooner with work starting earlier than planned.”

Work will start on Monday, and is expected to be complete by September 2015.