M1 junction 13 to junction 16: smart motorway Image: Highways England

Highways England is working to convert the M1 from J13 to J16 to an All-Lane Running (ALR) smart motorway. In its latest update, it said that it has begun to remove the temporary vehicle barrier between junction 13 and junction 14.

Once removed, lane 1 (the left-hand lane) will still be closed to vehicles by traffic cones. These cones will stay in place until the re-surfacing of the carriageway and the lane markings for the new motorway layout (carriageway realignment) is completed.

It’ll take around one month to remove the vehicle restraint system. This work will be carried out at night time when the road is quieter to minimise disruption to motorists. This section of road will then be completed and open as a smart motorway in spring 2021.

Highways England project manager, Debraj De, said:

“We’re on schedule to open the first section of motorway during Spring 2021. We’ll open more sections of the motorway throughout 2021 and the first half of 2022.

“Over the next few months our team will be carrying out groundworks. We’ll be installing the cables for CCTV and emergency telephones, laying drainage pipes and putting in place the bases to secure overhead steel gantries which will hold the electronic message signs.

“We appreciate these roadworks are disruptive and thank everyone affected for their patience.”

More information can be found at M1 J13-J16 Smart Motorway.

M1 junction 13 to junction 16: smart motorway Image: Highways England