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£4m Package Of Improvements Planned For Wakefield And Barnsley
photo by Buh Snarf
A £4m package of work is planned for an 8.5 mile stretch of the M1 between Wakefield and Barnsley which will improve the journeys for the thousands of drivers who use it every day.

The work is part of Highways England’s £80m maintenance improvements on Yorkshire’s roads this year providing drivers with smoother and safer journeys.

Over the year in Yorkshire and Humber over 207 miles of lanes will be resurfaced, using over 100,000 tonnes of material. That’s the same as resurfacing one lane of the M1 between York and London and 1.5 times the weight of the new HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest aircraft carrier ever built for the Royal Navy.

The work on the M1 will take place between Denby Dale (junction 39) and Barnsley (junction 37) and includes resurfacing, drainage repairs, work to the embankment and barrier work.

Work will start on Monday 20 November and is likely to affect overnight access to Wooley Edge Services from the M1.

Highways England project manager Martin Barnes said:

“We are carrying out a series of improvements along the M1 between Wakefield and Barnsley over the next few months which will provide better journeys for drivers and improve road safety.

“The work will be carried out overnight when traffic levels are at their lowest and no work will be taking place over the Christmas period.”

The work will be carried out between 9pm and 6am, and is expected to be completed by February next year.

Drivers will still be able to get to Wooley Edge Services but will be diverted via the A636, A637 and West Bretton. Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

There will be a short section of narrow lanes at junction 38 for Huddersfield. These will be in place 24 hours a day.

£4m Package Of Improvements Planned For Wakefield And Barnsley, 17th November 2017, 16:44 PM