Online exhibition for M1 improvements

Online exhibition for M1 improvements

A new online exhibition has been launched by Highways England to highlight planned improvements for an important stretch of the M1 in Northamptonshire.

Plans for the expansion of motorway capacity in both directions between junctions 16 and 19 are being showcased on the Highways England website, as part of efforts to better ensure all members of the public are fully informed on future ambitious upgrades for the route.

Highways England project lead Asad Khan commented: “We are very pleased to have launched our interactive web-based digital public exhibition today.

“We believe this will be a much more convenient and innovative way to inform road users, the local community and our stakeholders about the construction work and its possible implications, for both those living close to the motorway and those using the motorway on a regular basis.”

Individuals wishing to respond to the plans will be free to do so until November 30th this year, with feedback from local communities, businesses and interested parties all welcome.

The work is being carried out as part of the installation of a new ‘smart motorways’ scheme for the carriageway, with the hard shoulder to be converted into an active lane of traffic during periods of increased usage.

In addition, traffic monitoring technology is to be installed along the route, as well as overhead signage to inform drivers on changing speed limits, lane closures and more.

The project is being carried out as part of the government’s £1.5 billion investment in nationwide transport network upgrades during the next six years, with a total of 292 extra lane miles being added to UK motorways over this period.

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