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.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.