2.8 mln to cut congestion and boost safety on M1 UK
United Kingdom – Work to cut congestion and improve safety at Junction 21 of the M1 where it meets the M69 and A5460, Leicester, begins on Monday April 24th 2006 and is due to be substantially completed by the end of November 2006.
A new segregated left-turn will be added from the A5460 to the M1 southbound entry slip road, the roundabout at the junction partially widened and high friction road surfacing added.
New efficient, full-time traffic signals will be installed on the roundabout junction with the M1 southbound exit sliproad, the M1 northbound exit sliproad and the A5460 entry. Street lighting will be replaced and signing and safety barriers improved.
There will be variable lane closures on the roundabout, the M1 entry and exit sliproads, the M69 and the A5460 with occasional overnight closures of the junction. There will be no work on the M1 itself.
Work will be carried out between 10:00 BST and 15:30 BST Monday to Saturday, although some work will be necessary outside these times and there will be some overnight work between 20:00 BST and 06:00 BST on Monday to Fridays.
There will be a 30mph speed limit on the roundabout and its approaches for safety reasons, lane closures and some full road closures.
Karen Green, Highways Agency project manager, said: "This scheme will reduce congestion for traffic using Junction 21 of the M1 by increasing the capacity of the junction and enabling vehicles will to get round the junction quicker.
"Improved traffic management around the junction and improved surfacing will reduce accidents. This is a major scheme and delays are inevitable so I would urge motorists to plan their journeys and consider alternative routes.
"Once completed motorists will benefit from smoother and safer traffic flow."
- 1. The Highways Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport. It manages, maintains and improves the network of trunk roads and motorways in England on behalf of the Secretary of State.
- 2. Highways Agency traffic information website is at www.highways.gov.uk/trafficinfo
- 3. The £2.8million work is being carried out by Geoffrey Osbourne Limited, supervised by Optima Infrastructure Management, on behalf of the Highways Agency.
- 4. For real-time traffic information, the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated telephone service is on 08700 660 115. (Calls from BT landlines to 0870 numbers will cost no more than 8p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more).
- 5. For general information about the Highways Agency and its work, visit the Highways Agency website www.highways.gov.uk/trafficinfo or telephone the Highways Agency information line on 08457 50 40 30. (Calls from BT landlines to 0845 numbers will cost no more than 4p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more.)
Safe driving at roadworks
During 2005, five workers were killed and 12 seriously injured in the course of their work on Highways Agency roads. This was the worst year since 1999. For the safety of all road users and roadworkers, drivers approaching roadworks are advised to:
- Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety.
- Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching.
- Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks.
- Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks.
* Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front.
- Observe all signs – they are there to help you.