M1 motorway to be closed overnight

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Motorists face delays as work to upgrade the M1 near Wakefield to a ‘smart motorway’ continues.

The £120m Highways England project aims to reduce congestion and increase capacity between junction 39 at Durkar and junction 42 at Lofthouse.

As part of the works, the southbound carriageway will be closed at junction 42 at Lofthouse overnight on Monday, July 20.

It will also be closed between junctions 41 and 42 from Thursday, July 16 until Saturday, July 18.

There are also a number of slip-road closures which include:

- Saturday, July 18 - junction 41 southbound entry slip road closed - 8pm on July 18 until 8pm on July 19.

- Saturday, July 18 - junction 40 southbound exit slip road - 8pm on July 18 until 8pm on July 19.

- Saturday, July 18 - junction 40 northbound entry slip road - 8pm on July 18 until 8pm on July 19.

- Sunday, July 19 - junction 41 southbound entry slip road - 8pm on July 18 until 6am on July 19.

- Sunday, July 19 - junction 40 southbound exit slip road - 8pm on July 18 until 6am on July 19.

- Sunday, July 19 - junction 40 northbound entry slip road - 8pm on July 18 until 6am on July 19.

Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

The ‘managed motorway’ project will see hard shoulders become permanent lanes in both directions, between junction 39 at Durkar and junction 42 at Lofthouse.

Speed limits will also be varied depending on the amount of traffic and will be displayed on overhead signs and on verges.

It is due to be complete by September.

For more information on carriageway closures and delays visit www.highways.gov.uk