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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 11 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has to relieve congestion on the M1. (91494)

Measures are already being taken to relieve congestion on the M1 south of Milton Keynes where work to widen the motorway to four lanes is underway between Junction 6A (M25) and Junction 10 (Luton). This widening is due for completion in late 2008.

There are plans to widen the M1 from Junction 10 to 13, with construction scheduled to start in late 2008 and to complete in 2011. The M1 Junctions 10 to 13 Widening aims are:

To provide an additional lane of traffic in both directions on the M1 to relieve present congestion and to accommodate predicted future flows.

To improve the existing junctions to match the increased capacity of the motorway.