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M1 smart motorway construction moves to next phase

The £112M scheme to upgrade parts of the M1 to a smart motorway enters a new stage this week when contractors start work between Rotherham and Stocksbridge.

The work involves narrowing lanes and imposing a 50mph speed limit to enable the installation of technology to monitor traffic levels and provide traffic information to drivers.

Highways England senior project manager Andy Kirk said: “Work on the scheme is progressing well and we are now in a position to start the work between junctions 32 and 34. Narrow lanes are being introduced along the route and a 50mph speed limit is in place for the safety of workers and drivers.

“When complete, road users will benefit from reduced congestion and more reliable journey times as a result of the hard shoulder being converted to an extra lane and variable mandatory speed limits being used to keep traffic moving.”

Contractors Balfour Beatty, Costain, Carillion, Vinci, Galliford Try and Kier have all won contracts to build smart motorways across the UK.

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