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Galliford Try set to start £373M M1 upgrade scheme

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Galliford Try will begin work on a £373M scheme to upgrade the M1 to a smart motorway next month. 

Work will include upgrading junctions 13 to 16 to four lanes with no hard shoulder to increase capacity and adding 38 new emergency areas and roadside telephones to the road, which runs through Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. 

The contract also includes the provision of new superspan gantries to support variable mandatory speed limits and driver information, and the hardening of the central reserve and installation of a rigid concrete barrier between junction 13 and 15 to prevent cars crossing over from opposite sides of the carriageway.

Highways England project sponsor Tabatha Bailey said: “This is vital work to improve journeys through a busy stretch of the M1 and once complete, will boost the local economy by increasing capacity and supporting future housing development.

“It will provide a continuous smart motorway from the M25 all the way to junction 19 at Catthorpe. This means that a key arterial route in England will offer increased capacity and more reliable journeys for the hundreds of thousands of people that use the M1 every day.

“To make journeys more reliable, motorists using that stretch of road will be given real-time traffic information using the latest technology which will allow them to plan more efficiently.”

Work will start on the scheme on 8 August and is expected to deliver £959M of benefits to the local area. 

Readers' comments (1)

  • Real time information? How many miles have I driven with warnings of obstructions in the road and nothing in sight? I do not have an encyclopaedic knowledge of junction numbers on parts of the network that I do not travel frequently, so much information provided means very little. As for the speed limits, it doesn't seem that long ago that it was admitted that "congestion" speed limits were introduced at set times on northern stretches of the M1. There is nothing more frustrating than driving at 50 or 60mph on a 4 lane highway when only 3 lanes are in use. No doubt whilst this work is carried out there will be many years of 50mph or even 40 mph speed limits through the roadworks
    Yours Alan Kent

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