Work to start at busy junction

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WORK to renew traffic signals at a busy M1 junction starts next week.

The scheme costing £1.3 million involves lights at Junction 34, Tinsley.

Most of the work, which is due to be completed by the end of March, will be carried out overnight between 8pm and 6am, and will require lane closures, full carriageway closures on local roads and slip road closures.

Some work will be done during the day within the central reservation, but will not involve lane closures.

Lynne Biddle, Highways Agency project manager, said: “This is vital, if routine, work to ensure this junction continues to work as effectively and efficiently as possible.

“Renewing the signals around the roundabout will reduce maintenance visits and therefore cut congestion.

“Replacing the ageing equipment with more up-to-date technology will also improve the visibility of the traffic signals. Installing a more responsive timing system will improve journey times.

“We have timed the work to take place overnight when traffic volumes are lowest to minimise disruption.”