Overnight road closures for M1 near Milton Keynes as smart motorway works continue

    There will be lengthy overnight road closures on the stretch of the M1 near Milton Keynes this summer some nights so that smart motorway works can continue.

    Highways England is in the process of converting the M1 into a four-lane motorway, also known as a smart motorway.

    The full smart motorway works between Bedford, Milton Keynes and Northampton will most likely conclude in 2022.

    There have been constant roadworks surrounding Junction 14, and in the next few months, there will be overnight road closures to allow for further work to take place.

    Engineers will be installing traffic sensors as part of the "Motorway Incident Detection Automatic Signalling system".

    Highways England explains: "This detects the levels of traffic and provides real-time information to our regional control room staff who monitor the traffic conditions and safety. The data also automatically sets and adjusts the variable traffic speed limits shown on the motorway message signs to drivers. It keeps traffic moving smoothly, reduces congestion, makes journey times more reliable, and helps reduce accidents."

    The M1 will be closed on the following dates:

    4th August for 2 nights        9pm-6am       Full closure of M1 junction 14 to 13 Southbound

    6th August for 1 night         10pm-6am      Full closure of M1 junction 13 to 14 Northbound 

    11th August for 1 night          9pm-6am     Full closure of M1 junction  14 to 13 Southbound 

    16th August for 5 nights        9pm-5am     Full closure of M1 junction 14 to 13 Southbound 

    6th September for 14 nights   9pm-5am    Full closure of M1 junction 14 to 15 Northbound 

    20th September for 14 nights   10pm-5am    Full closure of M1junction 14 to 15 Northbound

    There will be diversions clearly signposted while the road closures are in place.

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