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DRIVING FOR WORK: M1 MANAGED MOTORWAY EXTENDED

HA advises road users of testing for M1 hard shoulder running

Road users are being advised that the Highways Agency (HA) will be testing the newly-installed managed motorway systems on the M1 between junctions 11 and 13 from Tuesday 18 December, including use of the hard shoulder as a traffic lane.

At busy times (including weekends, if needed), the overhead electronic signals above the motorway will display variable mandatory speed limits within red rings. To indicate when drivers can use the hard shoulder as an extra lane, overhead message signs will be set by staff at the HA East Regional Control Centre, in South Hertfordshire. Further information

Road users are advised to follow the instructions on the overhead signs and signals, and are reminded that when the hard shoulder is not indicated as a running lane it should only be used for emergency purposes, in accordance with motorway regulations.

East Region operations manager Paul McWilliam said:

“This is the first time we will be operating the managed motorway between junctions 11 and 13, and opening the hard shoulder to traffic during weekdays. Our Regional Control Centre operators are already using the system on the southern section, junctions 10 to 11 – but this will be the first time our control centre staff, and the Agency’s on-road traffic officers based at Toddington, will be able to manage the full length of the scheme, any day of the week.” 

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