The official start of works for the M1 J23a-25 Smart Motorway scheme will begin on 30 March 2017. Costain Galliford Try (CGT) Joint Venture, working on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out the construction for this scheme.
To maximise efficiencies during construction and to minimise the overall scheme duration, construction activities will be taking place across the full length of the scheme. This will require traffic management and reduced speed limits between junctions 23a and 25 to ensure the safety of the workforce and the travelling public.
Environmental management during construction
The contractor is required to apply best practical means as defined in Section 72 of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 to reduce noise to a minimum. A Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) and a Register of Environmental Actions and Commitments (REAC) have been produced to ensure construction works are appropriately managed to mitigate environmental impacts. In addition, in advance of certain work activities CGT will notify residents in close proximity.
During the scheme, temporary lane closures will be installed as certain activities often require an increased footprint to ensure the safety of our workforce; this will also aid in minimising the overall construction duration. Full overnight closures of the motorway will only be used when necessary, primarily for traffic management switches and installation of gantries. Night time working hours are 20.00-06.00.
During the construction of this scheme, there will be:
Three lanes open to traffic in each direction during peak periods;
Traffic Safety and Control Officer permanently on site;
Free breakdown recovery service along the extent;
24 hour CCTV coverage; and
Planned diversion routes using established emergency diversion routes.
Closures during the works will be available on the scheme website provided above. Please note that closures are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, so it is advised to check our scheme website which will be updated accordingly. For real time traffic information please visit Traffic England at: http://www.trafficengland.com/
Highways England would like to take this opportunity to advise local residents and business owners to ensure they allow extra time to complete their journeys. Highways England will endeavour to complete the work as efficiently as possible and ensure minimal disruption.