Wednesday, December 19, 2012

News: Rotherham M1 managed motorway scheme set to start in 2013


A £150m transport scheme to reduce congestion on the M1 motorway in Rotherham is scheduled to start in 2013, the Highways Agency has said.

A ten mile stretch of the M1 between junctions 32 (south of Sheffield and Rotherham) and 35a (north of Sheffield and Rotherham) is set to benefit from a project to convert the hard shoulder to an extra traffic lane in both directions and variable mandatory speed limits used to manage traffic speeds and help reduce congestion.

Consultation on the proposed managed motorway scheme has begun with councils, businesses and other interested parties asked for their views on the innovative scheme.

Managed motorway schemes deliver benefits at a significantly lower cost than conventional motorway widening and with less impact on the environment during construction.

Similar schemes are in place on the M42 and M6, in the West Midlands.

The stretch of motorway in South Yorkshire carries more than 110,000 vehicles each day and suffers from congestion and delay at peak times.

A number of cameras, information signs and signals on gantries will be installed as part of the improvement scheme. Signs and signals will still be used to inform drivers of conditions on the network and when variable speed limits are in place.

Construction of the managed motorway scheme is scheduled to start between January and March 2013, subject to completion of statutory processes, and is expected to be completed in summer 2015. Before any work starts, the Highways Agency will be holding public information exhibitions.

In the recent Autumn Statement, a managed motorway scheme on the M1 between junction 28 to 31 was named in a £95m government initiative to test an accelerated approach to the delivery of major road schemes.

Highways Agency website

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