Where are smart motorways being delivered?
Drivers will already be familiar with smart motorways around Birmingham on the M6 and M42 – and more recently on the M1 in Bedfordshire and the M62 between junctions 25 and 30 in West Yorkshire which is now open to traffic. Work to deliver further sections of smart motorways on the M4 between junctions 19 and 20, and the M5 between junctions 15 and 17, north of Bristol are due to be complete by spring 2014.
On these roads, we use smart motorways to actively manage traffic and improve your journeys, using a combination of variable mandatory speed limits and extra capacity through using the hard shoulder at peak times.
New smart motorway schemes that start work from 2013 onwards are being built to a new design standard , where the hard shoulder is permanently converted into an extra lane for traffic.
- M1 J32 to J35a
- M1 J28 to 31
- M3 J2 to J4a
- M25 J5 to J6/7 (under construction)
- M25 J23 to 27 (under construction)
- M1 J39 to42
- M6 J10a to J13
- M62 J18 to J20
Where work has not started, start of work is subject to completion of statutory processes.
You will encounter both types of smart motorways on longer journeys.
You may also encounter some sections of motorway where we use variable mandatory speed limits to manage traffic at busy times, but do not use the hard shoulder as an extra traffic lane.