Highways England today launches an online exhibition to act as a one stop shop for information on a scheme which will improve journeys for drivers on the M1 in Northamptonshire.
The motorway will be upgraded from junction 16 to 19 in both directions, with extra capacity added.
As part of the ‘smart motorway’ upgrade, the hard shoulder will be converted to a traffic lane and signing and technology will tell drivers what speed to drive at, if lanes are blocked or closed and about incidents up ahead. Work is set to begin in the autumn.
A virtual exhibition will give people the opportunity to view and comment on the scheme.
People interested in the planned motorway upgrade, will be able to visit the online exhibition until 30 November 2015.
Asad Khan, Highways England project lead, said:
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.
The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Dr Ahmed Mukhtar, who got the opportunity to have a closer look at the online exhibition, said:
I travel through the M1 junctions 19 to 16 extensively, both in my official capacity as the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire and as a private road user.
I was very interested to learn more about Highways England’s plans to convert this long stretch of road to a smart motorway.
I found the scheme’s digital public information exhibition both interesting and useful. I recommend it to Northamptonshire residents, businesses, our extensive transport hub and other users of the M1 who want to find out what will be happening along the route.
The digital public information exhibition can be found on the project homepage
This improvement is part of last week’s appointment of 6 joint-venture companies to design and build 10 smart motorways across England as part of a £1.5 billion investment.
These smart motorway schemes, part of the £15 billion government investment Highways England is delivering between now and 2021, will see 292 extra lane miles added to motorways.
Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.
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