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Minister opens smart motorway in south west

15/01/2014

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill has officially opened the south west’s first smart motorway.

New section of smart motorway to open

24/04/2014

Another section of smart motorway will open on the M25 in Kent and Surrey next week.

New section of smart motorway opens

30/04/2014

The latest section of smart motorway has opened on the M25 in Kent and Surrey today (Wednesday 30 April).

Innovative pole allows for safe maintenance of signs

19/06/2014

Crown International has released computer-generated images of its latest rotating and lowering poles, in response to demand from contractors involved in smart motorway schemes.

Chevron to provide traffic management on smart motorway project

16/07/2014

Chevron will provide traffic management on the M60 and M62 smart motorway project after winning a contract worth £6.6 million over the next two years.

Balfour Beatty awarded M3 smart motorway project

23/07/2014

Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £129 million scheme to upgrade a 13 mile stretch of the M3 through Hampshire and Surrey to a ‘smart motorway’.  

MVIS develops journey time solution for M1

05/08/2014

Mobile Visual Information Systems (MVIS) has developed a temporary journey time solution (JTS) that has been in constant use throughout the installation of a smart motorway on the M1.

Final section of M25 ‘smart motorway’ completed early

10/11/2014

Skanska Balfour Beatty, a construction joint venture working on behalf of Connect Plus for the Highways Agency, has completed a £1.3bn upgrade of the M25 motorway 36 weeks ahead of schedule.

M4 smart motorway project given 2016 start date

26/11/2014

Work on a proposed smart motorway upgrade on the M4 could get underway in 2016.

Costain introduces improved excavator safety on M1 project

08/12/2014

Costain has introduced a new way to improve excavator safety whilst working on the M1 J28-31 smart motorway project.

Crown wins M1 contract

07/04/2015

Crown International has secured a contract to supply roadside poles for a stretch of smart motorway on the M1.

Safety campaign launched on smart motorway route

10/08/2015

A new safety campaign has been launched along a smart motorway route on the M60 in Greater Manchester.

M60 road workers make a stand for safety

07/10/2015

Employees working on the M60 smart motorway route in Greater Manchester recently made a united stand in support of road worker safety by holding an ‘Aiming for Zero’ awareness day.

Specialist cranes needed for removal of M62 gantries

10/11/2015

Specialist 500 tonne cranes will be used to remove three overhead gantries from the M62 near Rochdale in order to allow a smart motorway upgrade to continue.

First phase of Wakefield smart motorway to go live

25/11/2015

Drivers will be able to use an extra lane on a section of the M1 near Wakefield ahead of a new smart motorway going live next month.

Great crested newts found on M1

10/12/2015

Large numbers of great crested newts have been found on the M1 smart motorway scheme.

Final phase of £120m smart motorway goes live

01/02/2016

The final phase of a new £120 million smart motorway has gone live on the M1 near Wakefield.    

M6 stretch converted to smart motorway

08/02/2016

A £100 million upgrade to convert a stretch of the M6 in the Midlands into a smart motorway has been completed.

Work on M6 smart motorway upgrade to start

18/02/2016

Work to upgrade a 20-mile stretch of the M6 in Cheshire to a smart motorway will start later this month.  

Smart motorway goes live on M1

04/04/2016

The final phase of a £205 million upgrade of the M1 to a smart motorway between the East Midlands and South Yorkshire has gone live.

M62 smart motorway saving drivers time

12/04/2016

The number of people using the M62 smart motorway is increasing with drivers saving up to 30 minutes each week.

Superspan gantries to be installed on M62

03/05/2016

The first of eight ‘superspan’ gantries crossing whole sections of the M60 and M62 Manchester smart motorway project will be installed later this week.

Work on Manchester’s smart motorway enters new phase

14/06/2016

Highways England has started work to upgrade 56 overhead gantries on the 17-mile smart motorway route between the M60 and M62 in Manchester.

DfT approves M4 smart motorway plans

06/09/2016

The proposed upgrade of the M4 from junctions 3 (Hayes) to 12 (Theale) to a smart motorway has been given development consent by the Department for Transport.

Health and well being of road workers highlighted at HE event

05/10/2016

Operatives working on the M60/62 smart motorway project in Greater Manchester got together to raise awareness about road worker health, safety and wellbeing.

Highways England outlines details of £6bn Smart Motorway Alliance

23/08/2018

Highways England has outlined key information about its Smart Motorways Alliance (SMA) plans - potentially worth up to £6bn over 10 years - which reflects a radical new direction for contractual arrangements on the strategic road network.

Highways England releases £7bn smart motorways tender

12/12/2018

Highways England has launched the procurement process for a smart motorways alliance with an estimated value of £7bn, over a 10 year period.

£256m upgrade 'makes M6 fit for the future'

09/04/2019

Highways England has completed a £265m project to add extra lanes and new technology to a 19-mile stretch of the M6, which it called the most significant change since the motorway first opened in Cheshire in 1963.

AA says only one in 10 feel safer on smart motorways

15/10/2019

Only one in 10 drivers say they feel safer on all lane running (ALR) smart motorway schemes compared to a traditional motorway, according to a study by the AA.

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