M1 safety barriers toughened up

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STRONGER safety barriers are being installed along a 1.5 mile stretch of the M1 in South Yorkshire at a cost of £2.4 million.

Work will begin after the Christmas holiday and will see the current steel barrier in the central reservation at junction 32, near Thurcroft, replaced with a concrete one.

The project gets under way on Tuesday, January 3, and should be completed by Sunday, April 1.

As well as the barrier works some resurfacing will also be taking place.

During the work, the outside lane of the motorway will be closed but the hard shoulder will be used so three lanes are still in operation on each carriageway, subject to a 50mph speed limit. Narrowed lanes will also be in place and some overnight closures of the southbound and northbound carriageways – on different dates – will be needed. Occasional, whole-weekend, lane two closures along the northbound carriageway will also be required.

Tim Calvert, of the Highways Agency, said: “The existing steel barrier has reached the end of its serviceable life and its replacement with a concrete barrier will improve safety for road users.

“It will also improve the safety of our roadworkers as the new barrier will require less maintenance as it is less likely to be damaged in barrier strikes and require subsequent repairs.

“This will also reduce inconvenience to motorway users.”