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Lane Closures Hit M1

Thursday January 30 2014

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LANE closures will be coming to the M1 from Saturday with lower speed limits in place.

From Saturday, lane three will be closed on each carriageway and a 50mph speed limit will be in place - drivers will be diverted to use the hard shoulder instead.

The Highways Agency is replacing the steel central reservation between junctions 35a near Tankersley and 36 at Birdwell with a concrete version which, it says, is more robust and less likely to need repairing after vehicle impact.

Work is due to be completed by March.

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Reply Posted by Gemma on Thursday January 30 2014 at 17:18
Less likely to need repairing after vehicle impact - but more damage is likely to be done when a car hits it..
Don't worry though it's easier to repair when you crash into the concrete bollard!!! Who cares about the motorists and their safety!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Liam on Friday January 31 2014 at 00:20
Your less likely to go over into oncoming traffic, so kinda safer as well. No matter what you hit at 70+ mph, its not likely to be pleasant. They're safer and cheaper, sounds like a no-brainer to me.

Reply Posted by Alex on Friday January 31 2014 at 08:28
If there weren't so many idiots on the roads in the first place, we wouldn't need any barriers.

If I had my way, there would be a separate test before you were aloud on a motorway.

Reply Posted by Not Alex on Friday January 31 2014 at 11:07

Good luck on the test.

Reply Posted by Craig on Friday January 31 2014 at 12:50
motorways are less complex than most roundabouts and a blow out or a skid on ice isnt the fault of an idiot. where's your argument?

Reply Posted by Tyke on Friday January 31 2014 at 08:28
Because the concrete barrier does not deform a vehicle slides against it and slows down gradually reducing impact trauma.
If you actually hit it face on (which would be extremely difficult) then it doesn't matter what the barrier is made of, the speed at which you stop is gonna kill you.
Who cares about facts when it's easier to blame authorities for daring to make improvements to road safety!

Reply Posted by lauren on Friday January 31 2014 at 15:11
Arguing over nothing. I personally think it's a good idea, it's to stop the cars from crashing into the next lane and causing devastation on both sides of the motorway. At least there trying to prevent more accidents happening.people should stick to the speed limit and then they won't loose control of their car.

Reply Posted by J on Saturday February 1 2014 at 09:28
As JC said once speed doesn't kill stopping suddenly dose
Purpose of theses concrete barriers are to 1 when a vehicle hits it the vehicle doesn't go into the other carriageway

Reply Posted by Barnsley Truth on Saturday February 1 2014 at 11:42
So the headline 'Lane Closures' Is actually wrong as they are still going to be 3 lanes available, and because of the utter numpties on the road today I will be able to travel down lane 1 ( the inside lane) without hinder acne because everybody else will be struggling in lanes 2 and 3