Highways Agency ready to start £120m M1 managed motorway plan

M1 managed motorway
M1 managed motorway
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A £120m project to upgrade the M1 to a managed motorway will start this month.

Hard shoulders will become permanent lanes in both directions, between junction 39 at Durkar and junction 42 at Lofthouse, with the aim of increasing capacity and easing congestion.

And work on the six-mile stretch will begin on Monday, November 11.

Speed limits will also be varied depending on the amount of traffic, and will be displayed on overhead signs and on verges.

And several refuge bays would be created along the stretch for motorists to pull into if they break down.

The scheme is similar to the M62’s managed motorway which opened in full this summer.

The Highways Agency said more than 113,000 vehicles a day used this stretch of motorway, and a quarter of those were HGVs.

Project manager David Pilsworth said: “The M1 project will be the second scheme of its kind in West Yorkshire, and we know from the positive feedback we have received following the M62 improvements that drivers in this region are already enjoying the benefits.”

Roadworks and a 50mph speed limit are already in place between junctions 38 at Woolley and 40 at Flushdyke, in a separate project to install a new safety barrier.

People can find out more about the scheme at exhibitions at Cedar Court Hotel, on Denby Dale Road, which take place next Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s exhibition will run from noon until 8pm, and Saturday’s from 10am until 4pm.

Highways Agency staff will be able to explain about how the managed motorway will work and how construction work could affect motorists.

Mr Pilsworth added: “We would encourage road users, residents and local businesses to come to the exhibitions to find out more about what they can expect.”

The managed motorway is expected to be complete by September 2015.