A ‘SMART motorway’ upgrade to the stretch of the M1 which serves Rugby and Lutterworth is on the cards.
Plans to convert the hard shoulder into an extra lane of traffic between junctions 16 to 19 in both directions have been revealed in an online exhibition.
An ‘active traffic management’ scheme, similar to that introduced to a section of the M42 in 2006, will be introduced – featuring a variable speed limit controlled by electronic signs.
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.”
This improvement is part joint venture between six companies to design and build 10 smart motorways across England as part of a £1.5billion investment.
Work is set to begin in the autumn with the online exhibition available until November 30.
Visit www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/m1-junctions-19-to-16-all-lane-running for more details.