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First phase of Midlands M1 smart motorway opens

Highways England has opened the first phase of a new stretch of smart motorway between junction 16 and 19 on the M1 as part of a wider government investment.

First phase of a new stretch of smart motorway opened between junction 16 and 19 on the M1

First phase of a new stretch of smart motorway opened between junction 16 and 19 on the M1

The four-lane section between junctions 16 and 17 is now open to traffic, with further stretches of the new smart motorway between Catthorpe at junction 19 and Northampton at junction 16 due to open over the coming weeks.

This project is part of the larger M1 junctions 19 to 13 smart motorway project, which is targeted to be completed by 2021-2022, as set out in the 2014 Road Investment Strategy, and follows the opening of the M3 smart motorway four months ago despite ongoing concerns over their use.

Research earlier this year found that although smart motorways are becoming increasingly common across the UK, millions of motorists are unaware what to do in the event of an emergency on them. According to the research by the RAC, 52% of those surveyed did not know what an emergency refuge area on a smart motorway was or that they should be using them in the event of a breakdown or an accident in the absence of a hard shoulder.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.


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