M1 motorway's £140m improvement plans to go on show

Artist impression of a stretch of the M1 seen from a driver's view point An artist impression of how the M1 junctions 39 to 42 will look like after the work is completed

Related Stories

Plans for a £140m scheme to improve a stretch of the M1 in West Yorkshire are to go on show in Wakefield later.

The Highways Agency said the work would reduce congestion and journey times for the 113,000 vehicles that use that section of motorway each day.

The hard shoulder will be converted to a permanent traffic lane from junction 39 to 42.

Work is expected to start later this year and would take up to two years to complete, the agency said.

Electronic signs will also be mounted on verges and gantries displaying variable mandatory speed limits and information to warn motorists about incidents, lane closures or conditions ahead.

'Significantly lower costs'

The scheme, known as a managed motorway, is also planned from junction 32 to 35a of the M1 near Sheffield.

The agency said the work would cost "significantly lower" than widening the motorway and have "less impact on the environment during construction".

A project to upgrade the M62 between junctions 25 and 30 in West Yorkshire is currently under way and still has about a year to run.

The first hard shoulder running scheme was introduced on the M42 in the West Midlands in 2006.

The exhibitions are running at the Cedar Court Hotel until Saturday, and the Holiday Inn in Ossett next Friday and Saturday.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Leeds & West Yorkshire

Weather

Leeds

Min. Night 15 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • StuntmanStuntman to the stars

    Driving dangerously and falling off buildings are all part of the day job for Bobby Holland Hanton

Programmes

  • The smartphones of shoppers being tracked in a storeClick Watch

    How free wi-fi can enable businesses to track our movements and learn more about us

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.