M1 Widening J21-29 (Leicester-Chesterfield)

Scheme outline

On-line widening of the M1 between junctions 21 and 30 to dual-four lane standard. The widening will turn the hard shoulder into a fourth lane, and construct a new hard shoulder alongside. It seems unlikely that the finished road will have continuous hard shoulders. Additional climbing lanes will be provided where necessary and some junction improvements are being considered.

The first phase will widen junctions 25 to 28 between 2007 and 2010, working entirely within the existing highway boundary. The second phase will cover the remaining road between junctions 21 and 30, requiring the acquisition of additional land and taking place between 2010 and 2015. The second phase will include all junction improvements (including free-flow links to the M69) and a new Kegworth bypass at junction 24.

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Other upgrade
under motorway restrictions
Highway authority
Central Government


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14 March 2006

The public are invited to a series of exhibitions to view the widening plans.

14 January 2007

The HA awards a £340m contract to widen the section between J25 and 28, due to start work in the summer. The cost of the contract for this 14 mile section comes as a surprise given that the upgrade of the full 50 miles was put at £400m less than a year ago.

14 March 2008

Work is now under way by a couple of months, with boundary fences erected and tree-felling work done. Despite claims that this phase will happen within the highway boundary, new land has been acquired. Possibly some will be returned after work is complete. Work is taking place between j25 and 29.

13 January 2009

ATM is now being considered by the Highways Agency for this stretch of M1.

23 November 2009

The majority of new hard shoulders have been completed both north and southbound between junctions 25 and 28. Work is now ongoing to completed the central barrier. Sign gantries are yet to be completed.

7 May 2010

Cones have been removed from junctions 25 to 28 and there are now four lanes in use. The 50mph limit is still in place.

24 May 2010

The speed restriction has been lifted both ways - reports from locals say journey times are cut by 7 minutes.

27 August 2010

According to the Highways Agency website, the J25-28 widening project officially ended today.

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