M1: Exhaust Emissions

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 2 February 2017.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, Chair, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee, Chair, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2017 to Question 61251, what steps he is taking to ensure that when the smart motorway opens on the M1 between junctions 32 and 35a there will be no increase in NO2 or particulate levels.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Smart Motorways are at the core of Highways England’s £15bn investment programme to transform England’s Strategic Road Network, helping to ease congestion and improve traffic flow. Keeping traffic moving reduces stop-start decelerations and accelerations, which in itself has air quality benefits.

Highways England will announce any measures to improve air quality on the M1 between junctions 32-35a when the Smart Motorway scheme opens, which is expected to be in March 2017.

Highways England has undertaken environmental assessments of the scheme during the design and construction. These are available on Highways England’s website.

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