Section of the M1 Soon to be in the Dark

Motorists will most likely be concerned about the announcement by the Highways Agency that one of the UK's busiest stretches of motorway will soon be left in the dark.


The Agency confirmed today that lights on the 15-mile stretch of road between junction 13 at Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire and junction 10 at Luton in Bedfordshire will be permanently switched off.


The approach roads and the sections of junction 11 on the northern side of Luton will not be affected by this decision.


The junction 10-13 section is currently being converted into a "managed motorway" with variable speed limits.  The hard shoulder of the road will also be opened up to traffic during peak periods.


The Agency said that it carefully analysed the situation and came to the conclusion that shutting down the lights on managed motorways would not affect their benefits in terms of road safety and the reduction of congestion.


Derek Turner, the Director of the Agency, said "Since 2009 we've switched lighting off between the hours of midnight and 5am on 14 carefully-selected stretches of motorways and evidence so far indicates that switching off the lights hasn't had an impact on safety."

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