Highways England report that they are making good progress upgrading most sections of the M1 between London and Sheffield (Junctions 32-35) to smart motorway status. Work has been completed on upgrading the M1 from London (Junction 6) to Milton Keynes (Junction 13) and from Nottingham (Junction 25) to east of Sheffield (Junction 32). This is adding important new capacity to help relieve congestion, providing drivers with quicker and more reliable journeys.
Upgrades to the M1 in the Midlands are currently taking place and together with improvements to the section in the East of England these works are expected to be completed in stages from 2018/19 through to 2021/22.
The Department for Transport and Highways England are in the process of determining the improvement plans for the next Road Investment Strategy period (2020-2025).
Alongside major upgrade schemes, Highways England are under a continuing obligation to carry out essential maintenance on all sections of the M1 from time to time to ensure it remains safe and in good condition for drivers to use. Highways England undertake as much of their maintenance work as they can at night when the road is less busy to minimise the impact on drivers.