Smart Motorways Programme M1 – Junctions 23a-25

Cllr Richard Robinson reported today:

I have been informed that the official start of works for the M1 J23a-25 Smart Motorway scheme will begin on tomorrow.  Costain Galliford Try (CGT) Joint Venture, working on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out the construction for this scheme.

To maximise efficiencies during construction and to minimise the overall scheme duration, construction activities will be taking place across the full length of the scheme. This will require traffic management and reduced speed limits between junctions 23a and 25 to ensure the safety of the workforce and the travelling public.

Environmental management during construction

The contractor is required to apply best practical means as defined in Section 72 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 to reduce noise to a minimum. A Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) and a Register of Environmental Actions and Commitments (REAC) have been produced to ensure construction works are appropriately managed to mitigate environmental impacts. In addition, in advance of certain work activities CGT will notify residents in close proximity.

Traffic management

During the scheme, temporary lane closures will be installed as certain activities often require an increased footprint to ensure the safety of our workforce; this will also aid in minimising the overall construction duration. Full overnight closures of the motorway will only be used when necessary, primarily for traffic management switches and installation of gantries. Night time working hours are 20.00-06.00.

During the construction of this scheme, there will be:

·         Three lanes open to traffic in each direction during peak periods;

·         Traffic Safety and Control Officer permanently on site;

·         Free breakdown recovery service along the extent;

·         24 hour CCTV coverage; and

·         Planned diversion routes using established emergency diversion routes.

Traffic management plans will also be available from 30 March 2017 on the dedicated website for the scheme at:

Closures during the works will be available on the scheme website provided above. Please note that closures are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, so it is advised to check our scheme website which will be updated accordingly.  For real time traffic information please visit Traffic England at:

For more information please contact Dave Cooke, Project Manager, M1 Junctions 23a to 25 Smart Motorway


About Sue Sambells

Editor of Bramcote Today. Chair of Nottinghamshire Neighbourhood Watch (NottsWatch). Lead Coordinator for RVR, Bramcote - Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
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4 Responses to Smart Motorways Programme M1 – Junctions 23a-25

  1. Fred R says:

    Hmm. That section is already gridlocked on Friday afternoons, and usually second gear weekday rush hours. I used to commute back from Brum a few days a week, and have lost large chunks of my life to sitting fuming in traffic on that section, breathing in fumes :(. Arguably nothing can make it any worse, though I’d be curious to know what a ‘smart motorway’ is when it’s at home.

  2. Sue Sambells says:

    Smart motor­ways are a technology-driven approach to the use of our motor­ways. They increase capac­ity and relieve con­ges­tion while main­tain­ing safety. Smart motor­ways help make jour­ney times more reliable.

    The hard shoul­der is used for traf­fic, either per­ma­nently or at peak times. This cre­ates an extra lane to pro­vide addi­tional capacity.

    Tech­nol­ogy is used to mon­i­tor con­ges­tion lev­els and change the speed limit when needed to smooth the traf­fic flow. This reduces frus­trat­ing stop-start dri­ving and improves your jour­ney reliability.

    Smart motor­ways use pio­neer­ing tech­nol­ogy to man­age traf­fic at busy times. We can use
    tech­nol­ogy to:

    1. change the speed limit to smooth traf­fic flow — this reduces frus­trat­ing stop-start dri­ving and improves jour­ney times
    2. acti­vate warn­ing signs to alert you to traf­fic jams and haz­ards up ahead
    3. close lanes – for exam­ple to allow emer­gency vehi­cles through

    Smart motor­ways mean increased road capac­ity faster and at less cost than tra­di­tional road widen­ing schemes. And they are just as safe – often safer. The hard shoul­der is con­verted to become a nor­mal lane – or can be opened to traf­fic when things get congested.

    See for full details.

    • Fred R says:

      That’s useful to know, and heaven knows the insane amount of motorway traffic needs managing, but usually adding lanes just adds traffic. The four lanes North of Nottingham, which took a couple of years to build, just mean that you now get three lanes of slow wagons, rather than just two, and congestion doesn’t look to have improved. The M6 from the junction with the M42, which I used to use to get to North Brum, has the hard shoulder converted into a lane, and it’s heaving with traffic; even without rush hours! Accidents and blockages are commonplace.

      • Ian Blakeley says:

        Couldn’t agree more Fred. Traffic increases to match capacity is my experience.

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