Noise and safety barrier tech to debut on M1

The M1 is to be fitted with a new barrier that will not only reduce the level of noise for local residents but also bring safety benefits.

Artistic impression of the barrier

Paid for with money from a special environment fund, the barrier will be installed along the M1 northbound and southbound carriageways at Denby Dale (junction 39) and on the northbound exit and southbound entry slip roads; an area of the M1 has been identified as a national hotspot by Defra in relation to noise.

Highways England project manager Sujad Hussain explained: “This is the first system of its kind in the UK that will act as a noise and safety barrier. The barrier can withstand the impact of a 13-tonne bus travelling at 70km per hour and additionally shows a noise reduction of 37 decibels, a similar noise level to a refrigerator humming.

“The barrier was tested in Italy and by using this solution we reduce the amount of vegetation we need to remove and it allows us to create a continuous stretch of barrier over the bridge, which might have been difficult using other methods.

Work will start on the southbound entry slip road on Monday 5 November. The scheme is expected to be completed by the end of February.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.