A1(M) junction 6 to junction 8 smart motorway
Converting the A1(M) between junction 6 and junction 8 into a smart motorway to reduce congestion and delays and make journey times more reliable.
On 15 April 2023 the Government announced that plans for new smart motorways would be cancelled in recognition of the lack of public confidence felt by drivers and cost pressures. This follows an announcement in January 2022 to pause the rollout of new all lane running smart motorways, yet to start construction.
The Government and National Highways continue to invest £900 million in further safety improvements on existing smart motorways, and to give motorists clear advice when using existing smart motorways.
While no new stretches of road will be converted into smart motorways, the M56 J6-8 and M6 J21a-26 will be completed given they are already over three quarters constructed.
The A1(M) between junctions 5 and 9 is one of the top ten busiest sections of the entire London to Leeds (East) route. Congestion occurs frequently at peak times at a number of junctions. This is expected to get worse, with potential residential developments that could see up to 13,000 additional new homes built in the area by 2030.
We'll be converting the A1(M) between junction 6 and junction 8 in Hertfordshire to a smart motorway to reduce congestion and delays and make journey times more reliable.
This smart motorway will provide 50% additional traffic capacity between junctions 6 and 8, converting the existing two lane dual carriageway into creating a three-lane motorway between junction 3 (Hatfield) and junction 9 (Baldock / Letchworth).
This project aims to:
- Smooth the flow of traffic at peak hours using variable speed limits to reduce congestion and delays
- make journey times more reliable
- give motorists more safety information using electronic signs warning of congestion or broken down vehicles ahead
- support local economic growth and new jobs