M1 Widening J10-13 (Luton-Bedford)

Scheme outline

Plans for widening of the M1 between junctions 10 and 13 to dual-four lane standard have now been watered down to hard shoulder running. The original plan was for full on-line widening including improvements to junctions 11, 12 and 13. The amended scheme includes capacity improvements to junctions 11 and 12 only - these improvements are subject to separate statutory procedures, and so will commence at a later date than the HSR works, although still within the overall timeframe for the project.

This scheme was completed in and we're no longer accepting updates or changes to this page.

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This scheme has been completed and CBRD is no longer accepting progress updates.
14 November 2005

£171m contract awarded.

14 January 2006

As the scheme had already completed statutory procedures and cleared a public inquiry before being cancelled in 1995, work is cleared to start as early as March 2006.

14 May 2007

Work is not cleared to start in March 2006, and instead the scheme has gone back to public consultation. The Highways Agency now estimates a start date of autumn 2008. It's possible that this is to delay the project for budgeting reasons.

21 January 2009

The widening plans have now been changed to install Active Traffic Management instead of an extra lane.

25 June 2009

The initial works are starting, with main construction due to start in September this year.

28 September 2010

The official start of work for the hard shoulder running was marked by a ceremony on 3 March 2010. However, preparatory work has been ongoing since August 2009. The public enquiry for the junction improvements was held in June 2010.

29 September 2010

The improvements to junctions 11 and 12 were approved by the Transport Minister today, according to a DfT press release.

17 January 2011

Work is underway. There's a 50 mph speed limit throughout from J10 to 13. Three narrow lanes remain open in each direction, but there are two sections of contraflow - between junctions 12 and 13 (one northbound lane is on the southbound carriageway), and between junctions 10 and 11 (one southbound lane is on the northbound carriageway).

14 February 2011

Work to improve junctions 11 and 12 started today.

14 May 2012

The roadworks and temporary 50mph speed limit will be removed between J10-11 from tonight. However, work to upgrade the hard shoulder is not yet complete.

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With thanks to Michael Pritchard and John Morgan for information on this page.