Press release

Draft regulations published for consultation: variable mandatory speed limits for M1 between Junction 19 and 16 in Northamptonshire

Draft regulations to introduce variable mandatory speed limits as part of the planned upgrade to the M1 in Northamptonshire have been published today (8 December 2014) for consultation with key stakeholders.


As part of improvements planned for the M1 between junctions 19 and 16, variable mandatory speed limits will be used to manage traffic speeds and help reduce congestion, whilst enabling safe operation of the motorway.

Introducing the variable mandatory speed limits on the motorway requires new regulations. These new draft regulations have been published for comment, and consultation packs have been sent to key stakeholders, such as local authorities, transport associations and emergency services.

The consultation document is also available on the GOV.UK website, should any other interested parties or individuals want to comment. The consultation closes on Friday 30 January 2015.

Construction of the smart motorway scheme is expected to start post 2015, in the next spending review period. Anyone wanting to know more about the improvements should visit the project pages or call the Highways Agency’s information line on 0300 123 5000.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 8 December 2014