Newly-widened M1 now officially open

PUBLISHED: 17:11 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:54 06 May 2010

A NEWLY-WIDENED section of the M1 motorway, which passes through the St Albans district, has been declared officially open. Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon marked the opening of the fourth lane of traffic between junctions 6A and 10 at a ceremony last Frid

A NEWLY-WIDENED section of the M1 motorway, which passes through the St Albans district, has been declared officially open.

Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon marked the opening of the fourth lane of traffic between junctions 6A and 10 at a ceremony last Friday.

The £300-million project, which took three years to complete, has increased the width of the stretch of the M1 between the M25 and Luton in both directions, increasing its capacity by a third.

Said Mr Hoon: "The opening of this widened section of the busy M1 marks a major step forward in our commitment to increase capacity on the busiest sections of motorways and trunk roads."

He added: "All users of this vital stretch of the M1, whether business or leisure travellers, are now benefitting from the substantial investment and are enjoying faster, safer journeys."

As well as an extra lane of traffic, the project also included rebuilding seven bridges; installing a new badger set and bat boxes; and planting more than 60,000 new trees. New parallel roads between junctions seven and eight were also constructed to cater for traffic travelling between Hemel Hempstead and St Albans.

Mr Hoon unveiled a commemorative plaque which has been placed next to the original plaque which marked the opening of the M1 50 years ago.

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