London-Yorkshire Motorway
Hook Moor

The M1 is Britain's first full-length motorway and possibly its most iconic. It is also one of the most important, forming the main road north from London, serving the industrial East Midlands and the most populous areas of Yorkshire before handing the north-south baton to the A1(M) near Leeds.


The Minister's cake 24 January 2019

In 1968, the Minister of Transport travelled up to Yorkshire to open a long length of the brand new M1. There was just one problem. Where was the cake?


Opening booklets 27 January 2018

In days gone by, new roads were often celebrated with a grand opening ceremony and the issue of a commemorative booklet heralding the exciting new highway. You'll find some of them here, complete with a glimpse of all that empty tarmac and a healthy dose of modernist optimism.



M1 J13-16 Smart Motorway 28 August 2017

Upgrade of the M1 between junctions 13 (Ridgmont, south of Milton Keynes) and 16 (Upper Heyford, west of Northampton) to Smart Motorway standard. The scheme will feature All Lane Running, meaning the hard shoulder will be converted into a fourth permanent traffic lane throughout.


East Midlands Gateway 16 June 2017

Various changes to the road network around M1 junctions 24 and 24A to provide additional capacity to support the East Midlands Gateway project, a 700-acre logistics development. The new development will include a dedicated rail terminal and are located immediately adjacent to East Midlands Airport, and will have direct access to the trunk road network with a new junction on the A453.

The two main road works will be improvements to M1 junction 24A and the construction of a new A6 Kegworth Bypass.


M1 J19 Catthorpe 8 March 2017

Reconstruction of M1 Junction 19, the meeting place of the M1, M6 and A14. Provision of new free-flow links between M6 and A14. The plans as of Autumn 2003 will cause the realignment of the road between Catthorpe and Swinford away from the interchange, which in turn will mean the A14 from this interchange to Junction 1 will be upgraded to motorway.

The junction will carry the mainline of the M6 on to the A14, with sliproads between M1 south and M6, and between M1 north and A14.


M1 J32-35A Smart Motorway 13 January 2017

Upgrade of the M1 between junctions 32 (Thurcroft) and 35A (Hood Hill) to provide Smart Motorway technology. The upgraded road will have equipment to allow the use of variable speed limits and emergency refuge areas.

The hard shoulder will be converted to a permanent running lane for the full length of the scheme, meaning that this section of motorway will then have four running lanes and occasional emergency lay-bys but no hard shoulder. The Tinsley Viaduct will carry three traffic lanes plus hard shoulders.


M1 J19-16 Smart Motorway 11 April 2016

Upgrade of the M1 to provide Smart Motorway technology between Junction 16 (Kislingbury) and 19 (Catthorpe), with the stated aim of improving traffic flow, reducing congestion and increasing safety.

The upgraded section will operate All Lane Running, converting the hard shoulder to a permanent running lane. This will provide four lanes in each direction on this section of the M1, with emergency lay-bys to replace the hard shoulder.


M1 J28-31 Smart Motorway 28 March 2016

Upgrade of the M1 between junctions 28 (Pinxton) and 31 (Aston) to Smart Motorway. This will involve installation of electronic equipment to enable the use of variable speed limits and the installation of emergency refuge areas. It will also see the hard shoulder converted into a fourth permanent running lane. The completed motorway will not have a hard shoulder.


M1 J39-42 Smart Motorway 1 February 2016

Upgrade of the M1 between junctions 39 (Durkar) and 42 (Lofthouse) to Smart Motorway. Equipment will be installed to provide variable speed limits and emergency refuge areas along the full length of the road, and hard shoulder running will be possible to provide extra capacity at times of congestion.

This scheme replaces an earlier proposal to widen this section of M1 to full dual four-lane standard, which was withdrawn in favour of a series of Smart Motorway projects from Chesterfield to Leeds.


M1 Widening J29-42 (Chesterfield-Leeds) 29 December 2015

This scheme proposed on-line widening of the M1 between Chesterfield and the M62 (junctions 29 to 42) to dual-four lane standard. From Chesterfield to the M18 and between Wakefield and the M62 the route would be fully upgraded to dual-four lane with full hard shoulders. The remainder of the route (including the whole section through Sheffield) would be widened to dual four-lane without hard shoulders, but with a wide hard-strip and emergency refuges every kilometre. Advanced signal gantries would also be installed.