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Proposals to upgrade the M1

Monday, February 4, 2013

Meg Munn MP recently attended a briefing on the proposals to upgrade a section of the M1 to a managed motorway as part of plans to improve capacity and reduce congestion. She met

Phil Jones, Highways Agency senior project manager, who explained that the improvements are planned for 10.6 miles of the M1 from junction 32, where the M1 meets the M18, to junction 35a, for the A616 at Stocksbridge.

 

As part of the scheme, the hard shoulder of the M1 will be converted to a permanent traffic lane. In addition, the hard shoulder between the junction slip roads at junction 35 will also be converted to a full-time running lane in both directions to continue this extra capacity through the junction. Variable mandatory speed limits, displayed on overhead and verge-mounted signs, will be added to improve traffic flow and thus reduce congestion.

 

Other schemes elsewhere in the country have hard shoulders that are only used during peak times so this would be the first long stretch of the motorway to have permanent hard shoulder running.

Meg said:

“I can see the benefit of using the hard shoulder during peak times but remain very concerned about the consequences for road safety at other times when traffic will be moving at faster speeds. Increased use of cameras and technology can help identify problems quickly but in conditions of poor visibility, or at night, a car breaking down without a hard shoulder could lead to serious accidents.

I understand that the emergency services have expressed concerns about their ability to reach accidents if there is no hard shoulder to run along. I will be seeking an answer to these concerns.”

An eight-week consultation into the draft regulations required to introduce variable mandatory speed limits between junctions 32 and 35a as part of the scheme is currently underway, and will conclude on 11th February 2013. The scheme will be put to ministers for approval in the summer.

More information is available at: www​.highways​.gov​.uk/​m​1​j​3​2​-​3​5​amm

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Meg with Phil Jones

Meg with Phil Jones


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