Drivers warned of M1 disruption

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WORK gets underway during the coming week on a £2.4 million scheme to replace metal central reservation barriers on the M1 with a tougher concrete one.

The Highways Agency will start work on the project on Tuesday, affecting a 1.5-mile stretch of the motorway at junction 32, near Thurcroft.

The scheme, which also includes some resurfacing, is due to take three months to complete.

During the works, a 50mph speed limit will be in place, plus narrowed lanes and some overnight closures of the carriageways.

Highways Agency project sponsor Tim Calvert said: “The 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.”

The agency finished other works on motorways around the county before Christmas.