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J21 → M69 motorway

J32 → M18 motorway

J42 → M62 motorway

J43 → M621 motorway

A1(M)
A1(M)
motorway

North end Hook Moor (A1(M)) 53°49′22″N 1°20′20″W / 53.8229°N 1.3388°W / 53.8229; -1.3388 ( M1 motorway
M1 motorway
(northern end))

Location

Counties Greater London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire

Primary destinations London Brent Cross Watford St Albans Hemel Hempstead Luton Milton Keynes Northampton Rugby Leicester Loughborough Nottingham Derby Mansfield Chesterfield Sheffield Rotherham Barnsley Wakefield Leeds

Road network

Roads in the United Kingdom

Motorways A and B road zones

The M1 is a motorway in England connecting London
London
to Leeds, where it joins the A1(M)
A1(M)
near Aberford. It was the first inter-urban motorway to be completed in the UK;[2] the first road to be built to motorway standard in the country was the Preston By-pass, which later became part of the M6.[3] The motorway is 193 miles (311 km) long and was constructed in four phases. Most of the motorway was opened between 1959 and 1968 but the southern end was extended in 1977 and the northern end was extended in 1999. It forms part of the unsigned European route E13.

Contents

1 History

1.1 First section, 1959 1.2 Rugby to Leeds, 1965 to 1968 1.3 Leeds
Leeds
South Eastern Urban Motorway, 1972 1.4 Lighting 1.5 Safety barriers 1.6 Leeds
Leeds
to Hook Moor, 1999 1.7 London
London
extensions, 1966, 1967 and 1977 1.8 Recent developments

2 Current developments

2.1 A5-M1 Link ( Dunstable
Dunstable
Northern Bypass)

3 Proposed developments

3.1 M1/M69 junction 3.2 Other proposals

4 Incidents and accidents 5 Junctions 6 List of sights visible from the M1 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] There had been plans since before the Second World War
Second World War
for a motorway network in the United Kingdom. Lord Montagu formed a company to build a 'motorway like road' from London
London
to Birmingham
Birmingham
in 1923;[4] however it was a further 26 years before the Special Roads Act 1949 was passed which allowed for the construction of roads limited to specific vehicle classifications, and the 1950s when the country's first motorways were given the government go-ahead. The first section of motorway was the Preston Bypass in Lancashire, which opened in 1958 (now part of the M6 motorway).[3] The M1 was Britain's first full-length motorway and opened in 1959.[5] The early M1 had no speed limits, no central reservation or crash barriers, and no lighting.[6] First section, 1959[edit]

Looking north from the B579 bridge at Chalton, with the former brickworks at Sundon
Sundon
to the right, in May 1958

The first section of the motorway opened between Junction 5 (Watford) and Junction 18 (Crick/Rugby) on 2 November 1959 together with the motorway's two spurs, the M10 (from Junction 7 to south of St Albans originally connecting to the A1) and the M45 (from Junction 17 to the A45 and Coventry). Parts of the Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
section were built using steam rollers.[7] The M1 was officially inaugurated from Slip End
Slip End
(close to Luton), this was celebrated by a large concrete slab[8] on the bridge next to the village with inscription "London-Yorkshire Motorway
Motorway
– This slab was sealed by the Rt Hon Harold Watkinson M.P. – Minister of Transport – Inauguration Day – 24th March 1958". It was relocated, during widening works in 2007–08, to the eastern side of junction 10.

Looking north from a similar position south of Toddington services
Toddington services
in July 1959, nearing completion

This section of the M1 broadly follows the route of the A5 north-west. It starts at the Watford
Watford
Bypass (A41), which runs south-east to meet the A1 at Apex corner, and ended on the A5 at Crick. The M10 spur motorway connected the M1 to the North Orbital Road (A405/A414, a precursor of the M25) where it also met the A5 (now renumbered here as the A5183) and, 2 miles (3.2 km) to the east via the A414, the A6, which subsequently became part of the M25. Although the whole of first section opened in 1959, it was built in two parts with the northern part (Junctions 10 to 18) being built by John Laing[2] and the southern part (the St Albans
St Albans
Bypass) being built by Tarmac Construction.[9] Rugby to Leeds, 1965 to 1968[edit]

The M1 in Barnsley, heading north towards Leeds

The continuation of the motorway from Junction 18 towards Yorkshire was carried out as a series of extensions between 1965 and 1968. Diverging from the A5, the motorway takes a more northerly route through the East Midlands, via Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham
Nottingham
to Sheffield, where the M18 splits from the M1 at Junction 32 to head to Doncaster. Originally, the M1 was planned to end at Doncaster
Doncaster
but it was decided to make what was going to be the " Leeds
Leeds
and Sheffield
Sheffield
Spur" the primary route with the 11-mile (18 km) section to the A1(M)
A1(M)
south of Doncaster
Doncaster
given the separate motorway number M18. From Junction 32, the motorway passes Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Wakefield, reaching the original end of the motorway at (the original) Junction 44 to the east of Leeds. There were plans to route the M1 from just south of Junction 42 where it interchanges with the M62, round the west of Leeds
Leeds
to the A1 at Dishforth; the chosen route passes to the east of Leeds. With the M62 and M621, the M1 forms a ring of motorways around the south of Leeds. Leeds
Leeds
South Eastern Urban Motorway, 1972[edit]

The M1 and M621 interchange on the north bound carriageways at Leeds

In 1972 an extension of the M1 was opened into central Leeds
Leeds
as the Leeds
Leeds
South Eastern Motorway
Motorway
where it met the Leeds
Leeds
South Western Motorway
Motorway
(M621) coming north-east from the M62 at Junction 3. Lighting[edit] In July 1972 the then UK Minister for Transport Industries, John Peyton announced that 86 miles (138 km) of UK motorway particularly prone to fog would benefit from lighting in a project which "should be" completed by 1973.[10] Sections to be illuminated included the M1 between Junctions 3 and 14, and between Junctions 16 and 24.[10] In August 2011, the Highways Agency announced that despite being converted to Smart Motorway
Motorway
status, the lights will be switched off on stretches of the motorway between Junctions 10 (Luton) and 15 (Northampton) without affecting road user safety. The motorway junctions and their approaches, and a section of the M1 on either side of Junction 11 (north Luton), would have lighting columns replaced and remain lit. All lighting columns from Junctions 10 to 14 have now been removed completely, apart from some slip roads.[11] Safety barriers[edit] An increasing official interest in secondary safety was evident in an announcement in March 1973 that work would shortly begin on erecting "tensioned safety barriers" along the central reservation of a 34-mile (55 km) section of the M1 between Kegworth
Kegworth
(J24) and Barlborough (J30).[12] Leeds
Leeds
to Hook Moor, 1999[edit] Between 1996 and 1999 the M1 section north of the M62 underwent a major reconstruction and extension to take the M1 on a new route to the A1(M)
A1(M)
at Aberford. The new road involved the construction of a series of new junctions, bridges and viaducts to the east of Leeds. When the new section of M1 was completed and opened on 4 February 1999,[13] the Leeds
Leeds
South Eastern Motorway
Motorway
section of the M1 was redesignated as the M621 and the junctions were given new numbers (M621 Junctions 4 to 7). London
London
extensions, 1966, 1967 and 1977[edit]

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Map showing construction dates of sections of the M1

M1 at Junction 4

The M1 was extended south from its original starting point at Junction 5 towards London
London
in three stages. The first stage, opened in 1966, took the motorway south-east, parallel to the A41 to meet the A5 at junction 4 south of Elstree. The second phase continued east to Scratchwood
Scratchwood
(the London
London
Gateway Service Area occupies the location of the missing junction 3 from where an unbuilt spur would have connected to the A1 at Stirling Corner to the north-east). The M1 then runs south alongside the Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
towards Hendon
Hendon
where it meets the A1 again at Junction 2 via a tightly curved flyover section. These flyovers connecting from the A1 were originally both for northbound traffic; the left one as the on-ramp to the M1, the right one going over the A1/A41 junction beneath to rejoin the A1 northbound. Junction 2 is about 2.5 miles (4 km) south of the original Junction 3. Before the completion of Junction 2, southbound traffic left the motorway via a slip road which passed around the back of the now disused homebase and under the A41/A1 Mill Hill Bypass and looped round to join it at Fiveways Interchange. This slip road is still visible to southbound traffic approximately 650 yards (590 m) before Junction 2 and was maintained until the early 2000s though not accessible to traffic. The northbound slip road from the A1 is now partially used as the entrance way to a retail park and was once carried by bridge but no longer reaches the northbound carriageway as it is cut off by the motorway continuing south. The final section of the M1 was opened to Junction 1 at Staples Corner in 1977. There the motorway meets the North Circular
North Circular
Road (A406) at a grade separated junction and roundabout. Unrealised plans made in the 1960s would have seen the motorway continue through the junction on an elevated roadway to end at West Hampstead
West Hampstead
where it would have met the North Cross Route, the northern section of the London
London
Motorway
Motorway
Box, a proposed ring of urban motorway around the central area. The layout of the Staples Corner
Staples Corner
junction was originally built in accordance with these plans although most of the London
London
Ringways Plan had been cancelled by 1973. Around the same time the section between the M10 and Junction 5 was widened from the original two lanes to three. On its completion, the M1 acted as a fast link road between London
London
and Birmingham. It also provided a link to London
London
Luton
Luton
Airport for these regions, and its proximity to the site of the Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
new town (designated in 1967) meant that it was soon providing a vital transport link to another major area. Recent developments[edit] In 2006 plans were published for the widening of 91 miles (146 km) from Leicester
Leicester
through to Leeds
Leeds
(Junctions 21–42) to dual 4-lanes. Work began on 10-mile (16 km) section between the M25 and Luton (Junctions 6a and 10) in 2006 and opened in 2009 which included the construction of new parallel roads between Junctions 7 and 8 for local traffic together with the widening or replacement of eleven underbridges on one or both carriageways and replacing seven overbridges[14] at a cost of £294 million.[15] A variable speed limit system (MIDAS) was installed and the M10 spur was reclassified as part of the A414 road. Escalating costs across the whole of the Highways Agency programme, including the M1 project, where costs had risen to £5.1 billion, road protests[16][17] and criticisms by the Transport Select Committee and the National Audit Office led to wide-ranging re-assessments of the Agency's project costs.[18] Widening was scaled back to section from M25 to Luton
Luton
(Junctions 6a to 10) that was already in progress and from Nottingham
Nottingham
and Mansfield (Junctions 25–28). Hard-shoulder running being to be used for other sections. Work to widen the 15-mile (24 km) section from Nottingham
Nottingham
to Mansfield
Mansfield
(J25-J28) to dual 4-lanes began in January 2008 and was completed in 2010 at a cost of £340 million.[19][20] Variable speed limit cameras, installed initially only for the period of construction, proved to be so effective that they were retained permanently.[21] Work to introduce Hard shoulder running on approximately 15 miles (24 km) of motorway between Luton
Luton
and Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
(J10-13) was completed in December 2012 at a total cost of £327 million.[22] Modifications were also made to Junctions 11 and 12[23] and the A421 road from Junction 13 to the Bedford
Bedford
southern bypass was upgraded to dual two-lane during this period[24] Following a public inquiry in March 2013 the Secretary of State for Transport announced on 18 July 2013 that work to update the Catthorpe Interchange between the M1 motorway, M6 motorway
M6 motorway
and A14 road close to Catthorpe[25] would go ahead.[26] Work on the £191 million 3 layer interchange started in January 2014[27] and the scheme was fully opened to traffic in December 2016.[28] Current developments[edit] A5-M1 Link ( Dunstable
Dunstable
Northern Bypass)[edit]

A5-M1 Link ( Dunstable
Dunstable
Northern Bypass)

The route of the Dunstable
Dunstable
Northern Bypass proposal and route options for the connecting Luton
Luton
Northern Bypass.

Location Central Bedfordshire

Proposer Highways Agency

Status Completed (summer 2017)

Type Road

Cost estimate £171 million to £217 million

Geometry KML

The A5-M1 Link ( Dunstable
Dunstable
Northern Bypass) is a two-lane dual carriageway running east from the A5 north of Dunstable
Dunstable
joining the M1 at a new Junction 11a south of Chalton.[29] Here, it is intended to join with a proposed Luton
Luton
Northern Bypass to form a northern bypass for the wider conurbation. The A5-M1 Link aims to alleviate traffic congestion in Houghton Regis and Dunstable, reduce journey times for long-distance traffic travelling through Dunstable
Dunstable
and improve the regional economy. The Highways Agency detrunked the A5 through Dunstable
Dunstable
when the A5-M1 Link opened to the public in May 2017.[30] As part of the Dunstable
Dunstable
Town Centre Masterplan, Central Bedfordshire Council built the 2.9 km Woodside Link to connect the new junction 11a to the industrial areas of Dunstable
Dunstable
and Houghton Regis. Most of the road opened to traffic in autumn 2016 with the remaining section connecting to junction 11a when it opened.[31] Proposed developments[edit] M1/M69 junction[edit] There are plans to widen the M1 to dual 4-lane or dual 5-lane between Junctions 21 and 21a and construct a new link road between the M1 and the M69 including a new road bridge to take southbound M1 traffic over the motorway to connect to the M69. During this work the Leicester Forest East services would be closed.[32] Consultation took place in 2007 and a completion date of 2014 was suggested.[33] However the Highway Agency separately suggests that scheme development will "recommence" in 2014/15 with a provisional programmed start of works 2017/18.[34] Other proposals[edit] In addition to the above schemes, the Highways Agency also plans to add capacity and improve flows on the following sections of motorway in the longer term.[34]

Location Works Start date

M1 J21a – J23a Hard shoulder running after 2020

M1 J23a – J24a Various works including hard shoulder running after 2015

M1 J24 – J25 Hard shoulder running after 2015

Plans to dual the A421 from Junction 13 to Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
and to add capacity to Junction 10a on the Luton
Luton
spur are being developed.[35][36] Incidents and accidents[edit]

In March 1972, 200 vehicles crashed in thick fog resulting in the deaths of nine people on the M1 north of Luton.[37] On 8 January 1989, a Boeing 737 crashed onto the embankment of the M1 whilst attempting an emergency landing at East Midlands
East Midlands
Airport in Leicestershire. There were no ground casualties nor vehicular damage on the motorway as a result of the crash, however 47 passengers on board the aircraft were killed. On 6 September 1997, large sections of the northbound carriageway were closed between London
London
and Althorp, Northamptonshire
Northamptonshire
to allow for the funeral procession of Diana, Princess of Wales. In an unprecedented event, police allowed pedestrians onto the normally busy northbound carriageway almost the entire length of the route to pay their respects. In 2002, a section of the M1 near Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
was cleared using mobile police roadblocks to allow for filming of the film 28 Days Later. An 18-mile (29 km) stretch of the motorway was closed entirely on the morning of 11 December 2005, following a major explosion and fire at the Buncefield Oil Depot which is less than half a mile (800 m) from the M1. On 11 June 2003 three tanks were thrown across the carriageway near Junction 19 near Lutterworth
Lutterworth
when the transporter carrying them was involved in an crash; five were killed.[38] In June 2007, the section of M1 between Junctions 32 and 36 was closed for a number of days after the Ulley Reservoir
Ulley Reservoir
developed cracks after being deluged in the 2007 United Kingdom floods. Part of the motorway close to Tinsley Viaduct was closed to allow safe demolition of the Tinsley cooling towers in the early hours of 24 August 2008.[39] The M1 remaining closed for much of the day until the stability of the viaduct was confirmed. On 15 April 2011, a seven-mile stretch of the road was closed between Junctions 1 and 4 due to a fire at a scrapyard underneath the motorway.[40] The road was fully re-opened early on 21 April 2011 with a 50 mph speed limit in force whilst repair work continued to an elevated section.[40] On 26 August 2017, two lorries and a minibus crashed between junctions 14 and 15, near Newport Pagnell, shutting down the motorway for most of the day. Eight people were killed and three severely injured. The drivers of the lorries were charged with dangerous driving, with one also charged with drunk driving.[41] The incident represented the largest loss of life as the result of a motorway accident since a crash on the M40 in 1993.[42] On 19 September 2017, an 11-mile stretch of the road was closed between Junctions 14 and 15, near Newport Pagnell, following a suspicious object which was found under a bridge on the southbound carriageway. Both carriageways were closed, the southbound carriageway for most of the day.

Junctions[edit]

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M1 motorway
M1 motorway
junctions

mile km Southbound exits (B carriageway) Junction Northbound exits (A carriageway) Coordinates

7.0 11.3 North Circular
North Circular
(West), Brent Cross, Wembley, Hanger Lane, (A406 West) J1 Southern terminus Start of motorway 51°34′31″N 0°14′05″W / 51.57515°N 0.23471°W / 51.57515; -0.23471 (M1, Junction 1)

9.1 9.2 14.6 14.8 Central London
London
(The City), Holloway North Circular
North Circular
(A406 East) A1 J2 No access 51°36′14″N 0°14′23″W / 51.60399°N 0.23977°W / 51.60399; -0.23977 (M1, Junction 2)

12.0 19.3 London
London
Gateway services Services London
London
Gateway services 51°38′06″N 0°15′58″W / 51.63513°N 0.26610°W / 51.63513; -0.26610 (M1, London
London
Gateway services)

13.2 13.5 21.3 21.8 Harrow, Edgware
Edgware
A41 (A406 North) J4 No access 51°38′10″N 0°18′17″W / 51.63612°N 0.30468°W / 51.63612; -0.30468 (M1, Junction 4)

17.1 17.5 27.5 28.1 Harrow, Aylesbury
Aylesbury
A41 Watford
Watford
A4008 J5 Aylesbury, Watford, M25 (West) A41 51°40′18″N 0°22′08″W / 51.67162°N 0.36894°W / 51.67162; -0.36894 (M1, Junction 5)

19.7 20.0 31.7 32.2 North Watford
Watford
A405 J6 St Albans, Harlow, M25 (East) A405 51°42′22″N 0°22′55″W / 51.70602°N 0.38182°W / 51.70602; -0.38182 (M1, Junction 6)

20.4 20.8 32.9 33.5 Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, M40, M4, M3 Stansted Airport, Dartford, M11, M20

J6a M25 interchange No access 51°43′06″N 0°23′10″W / 51.71831°N 0.38607°W / 51.71831; -0.38607 (M1, Junction 6a - M1-M25 interchange)

22.5 22.7 36.2 36.6 St Albans, Hatfield A414 J7 No access 51°44′57″N 0°24′33″W / 51.74930°N 0.40928°W / 51.74930; -0.40928 (M1, Junction 7)

23.5 23.8 37.8 38.3 Hemel Hempstead J8 Hemel Hempstead
Hemel Hempstead
A414 51°45′25″N 0°24′59″W / 51.75695°N 0.41641°W / 51.75695; -0.41641 (M1, Junction 8)

27.9 28.3 44.9 45.6 Redbourn
Redbourn
A5183 J9 Dunstable, Redbourn
Redbourn
A5183 51°49′12″N 0°25′02″W / 51.82000°N 0.41714°W / 51.82000; -0.41714 (M1, Junction 9)

30.3 30.6 48.8 49.2 Luton
Luton
Airport A1081 J10 Luton
Luton
(S) & Airport A1081 51°51′14″N 0°25′25″W / 51.85397°N 0.42370°W / 51.85397; -0.42370 (M1, Junction 10)

33.7 34.0 54.3 54.7 Luton
Luton
(Centre), Dunstable
Dunstable
A505 J11 Luton
Luton
(Centre), Dunstable
Dunstable
A505 51°53′36″N 0°28′12″W / 51.89347°N 0.46988°W / 51.89347; -0.46988 (M1, Junction 11)

Dunstable
Dunstable
(North), Aylesbury
Aylesbury
A5, A505 J11A Dunstable
Dunstable
(North), Aylesbury
Aylesbury
A5, A505 51°55′18″N 0°29′28″W / 51.92156°N 0.49122°W / 51.92156; -0.49122 (M1, Junction 11)

38.9 62.6 Toddington services Services Toddington services 51°56′52″N 0°30′10″W / 51.94778°N 0.50275°W / 51.94778; -0.50275 (M1, Toddington services)

38.5 38.9 62.0 62.6 Flitwick
Flitwick
A5120 J12 Flitwick
Flitwick
A5120 51°57′27″N 0°30′58″W / 51.95744°N 0.51606°W / 51.95744; -0.51606 (M1, Junction 12)

45.2 45.4 72.7 73.1 Bedford
Bedford
A421 Woburn, Ampthill
Ampthill
A507 J13 Bedford, Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
(South) A421 52°01′36″N 0°36′13″W / 52.02657°N 0.60360°W / 52.02657; -0.60360 (M1, Junction 13)

49.7 50.2 80.0 80.8 Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell
Newport Pagnell
A509 J14 Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell
Newport Pagnell
A509 52°03′32″N 0°42′00″W / 52.05877°N 0.70012°W / 52.05877; -0.70012 (M1, Junction 14)

53.7 86.5 Newport Pagnell
Newport Pagnell
services Services Newport Pagnell
Newport Pagnell
services 52°05′00″N 0°44′55″W / 52.08330°N 0.74853°W / 52.08330; -0.74853 (M1, Newport Pagnell
Newport Pagnell
services)

61.8 62.3 99.4 100.2 Northampton, Wellingborough
Wellingborough
A45 Kettering
Kettering
A43 J15 Northampton, Wellingborough
Wellingborough
A45 52°11′09″N 0°53′44″W / 52.18588°N 0.89551°W / 52.18588; -0.89551 (M1, Junction 15)

64.3 64.9 103.5 104.5 Northampton, Oxford
Oxford
A43 (M40) Northampton
Northampton
services J15a Services Northampton, Oxford
Oxford
A43 (M40) Northampton
Northampton
Services 52°12′35″N 0°56′40″W / 52.20961°N 0.94435°W / 52.20961; -0.94435 (M1, Junction 15a)

67.9 68.3 109.2 109.9 Northampton
Northampton
A4500 J16 Daventry
Daventry
A45 52°13′49″N 1°00′58″W / 52.23030°N 1.01598°W / 52.23030; -1.01598 (M1, Junction 16)

75.1 120.8 Watford
Watford
Gap services Services Watford
Watford
Gap services 52°18′25″N 1°07′19″W / 52.30696°N 1.12202°W / 52.30696; -1.12202 (M1, Watford
Watford
Gap services)

76.6 76.9 123.3 123.8 No access J17 Coventry
Coventry
M45 52°19′29″N 1°08′26″W / 52.32464°N 1.14069°W / 52.32464; -1.14069 (M1, Junction 17)

78.5 78.9 126.3 126.9 Daventry, DIRFT A428 J18 Hinckley
Hinckley
A5 Rugby A428 DIRFT 52°21′03″N 1°09′16″W / 52.35089°N 1.15455°W / 52.35089; -1.15455 (M1, Junction 18)

82.3 82.7 132.4 133.1 Felixstowe, Corby, Kettering
Kettering
A14 J19 M6/A14 interchange The North West Coventry, Birmingham
Birmingham
M6 52°24′19″N 1°10′37″W / 52.40522°N 1.17704°W / 52.40522; -1.17704 (M1, Junction 19)

85.5 86.1 137.6 138.5 Lutterworth, Rugby A4303 J20 Lutterworth
Lutterworth
A4303 Market Harborough
Market Harborough
A4304 52°27′01″N 1°11′29″W / 52.45015°N 1.19146°W / 52.45015; -1.19146 (M1, Junction 10)

96.1 96.6 154.6 155.4 Coventry, Birmingham
Birmingham
M69 (M6) Leicester
Leicester
A5460 J21 Coventry
Coventry
M69 Leicester
Leicester
A5460 52°36′01″N 1°11′42″W / 52.60041°N 1.19498°W / 52.60041; -1.19498 (M1, Junction 21)

97.7 157.2 Leicester
Leicester
Forest East services Services Leicester
Leicester
Forest East services 52°37′09″N 1°12′21″W / 52.61920°N 1.20579°W / 52.61920; -1.20579 (M1, Leicester
Leicester
Forest East services)

99.3 99.5 159.8 160.1 No access J21a Leicester, Newark A46 52°38′09″N 1°13′05″W / 52.63577°N 1.21798°W / 52.63577; -1.21798 (M1, Junction 21a)

104.3 104.7 167.8 168.5 Leicester
Leicester
A50, Coalville
Coalville
A511 J22 Coalville, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Ashby-de-la-Zouch
A511 52°41′45″N 1°17′33″W / 52.69592°N 1.29240°W / 52.69592; -1.29240 (M1, Junction 22)

108.8 109.2 175.1 175.8 Loughborough, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Ashby-de-la-Zouch
A512 J23 Loughborough, Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Ashby-de-la-Zouch
A512 52°45′37″N 1°16′26″W / 52.76032°N 1.27394°W / 52.76032; -1.27394 (M1, Junction 23)

113.4 113.6 182.5 182.8 The South West, Tamworth, Birmingham, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, A42 (M42) J23a Services East Midlands
East Midlands
Airport A453 Stoke A50, Derby
Derby
A6 Donington Park services 52°49′09″N 1°18′20″W / 52.81929°N 1.30544°W / 52.81929; -1.30544 (M1, Junction 23a)

114.9 115.4 184.9 185.7 Loughborough
Loughborough
A6 East Midlands
East Midlands
Airport A453 Donington Park services J24 Nottingham
Nottingham
South/Centre A453 The South West Birmingham, Tamworth, A42, (M42) 52°50′38″N 1°17′45″W / 52.84397°N 1.29570°W / 52.84397; -1.29570 (M1, Junction 24)

115.8 116.2 186.3 187.0 Stoke A50, Derby
Derby
A6 J24a No access 52°51′29″N 1°18′04″W / 52.85796°N 1.30106°W / 52.85796; -1.30106 (M1, Junction 24a)

120.0 120.5 193.2 193.9 Nottingham
Nottingham
South, Derby
Derby
A52 J25 Derby, Nottingham
Nottingham
West/Centre A52 52°54′57″N 1°17′59″W / 52.91589°N 1.29969°W / 52.91589; -1.29969 (M1, Junction 25)

124.1 199.8 Trowell services Services Trowell services 52°57′44″N 1°16′02″W / 52.96216°N 1.26725°W / 52.96216; -1.26725 (M1, Trowell services)

126.0 126.6 202.8 203.7 Nottingham, Ilkeston
Ilkeston
A610 J26 Ripley, Eastwood, Nottingham
Nottingham
North/Centre A610, Nuthall, Alfreton
Alfreton
B600 52°59′24″N 1°14′04″W / 52.98991°N 1.23455°W / 52.98991; -1.23455 (M1, Junction)

131.5 132.0 211.7 212.4 Heanor, Hucknall
Hucknall
A608 J27 Mansfield
Mansfield
A608 53°03′48″N 1°16′09″W / 53.06342°N 1.26909°W / 53.06342; -1.26909 (M1, Junction 27)

135.0 135.5 217.2 218.0 Mansfield, Derby
Derby
A38 Matlock (A615) J28 Mansfield, Matlock A38 53°06′05″N 1°19′26″W / 53.10129°N 1.32398°W / 53.10129; -1.32398 (M1, Junction 28)

138.3 222.5 Tibshelf services Services Tibshelf services 53°08′19″N 1°19′51″W / 53.13848°N 1.33093°W / 53.13848; -1.33093 (M1, Tibshelf services)

141.7 142.3 228.1 229.0 Mansfield, Matlock A617 J29 Chesterfield
Chesterfield
A617 53°11′52″N 1°19′22″W / 53.19773°N 1.32287°W / 53.19773; -1.32287 (M1, Junction 29)

Markham Vale A6192 Bolsover
Bolsover
(A632) J29a Markham Vale A6192 Bolsover
Bolsover
(A632) 53°14′47″N 1°19′52″W / 53.24647°N 1.33111°W / 53.24647; -1.33111 (M1, Junction 29a)

148.4 148.8 238.9 239.5 Chesterfield, Newark A616 J30 Sheffield
Sheffield
(S), Worksop
Worksop
A6135 53°17′11″N 1°17′46″W / 53.28651°N 1.29604°W / 53.28651; -1.29604 (M1, Junction 30)

151.3 243.5 Woodall services Services Woodall services 53°18′56″N 1°16′56″W / 53.31552°N 1.28214°W / 53.31552; -1.28214 (M1, Woodall services)

153.8 154.2 247.5 248.2 Worksop
Worksop
A57 J31 Sheffield
Sheffield
(SE) A57 Rotherham
Rotherham
(S), Clowne
Clowne
(A618) 53°21′44″N 1°17′00″W / 53.36221°N 1.28347°W / 53.36221; -1.28347 (M1, Junction 31)

156.3 156.6 251.6 252.1 The North, Doncaster, Hull, Scunthorpe
Scunthorpe
M18 J32 M18 interchange The North, Doncaster, Hull, Rotherham
Rotherham
(E) M18 53°23′30″N 1°16′56″W / 53.39160°N 1.28231°W / 53.39160; -1.28231 (M1, Junction 32 - M1-M18 interchange)

158.8 159.2 255.6 256.2 Sheffield
Sheffield
(centre), Rotherham, A630 J33 Sheffield
Sheffield
(centre), Rotherham, A630 53°23′55″N 1°20′59″W / 53.39848°N 1.34977°W / 53.39848; -1.34977 (M1, Junction 33)

161.5 161.7 259.9 260.3 Meadowhall Centre, Rotherham
Rotherham
A6109: J34 Meadowhall, Sheffield, Rotherham
Rotherham
A6178: 53°25′03″N 1°24′23″W / 53.41754°N 1.40634°W / 53.41754; -1.40634 (M1, Junction 34)

164.9 165.4 265.4 266.2 Rotherham, Sheffield
Sheffield
A629 J35 Rotherham, Chapeltown, Penistone, Huddersfield
Huddersfield
A629 53°27′21″N 1°26′43″W / 53.45581°N 1.44539°W / 53.45581; -1.44539 (M1, Junction 35)

166.7 166.9 268.2 268.6 No access J35a Manchester, Stocksbridge
Stocksbridge
A616 53°28′31″N 1°27′32″W / 53.47525°N 1.45891°W / 53.47525; -1.45891 (M1, Junction 35a)

168.0 168.5 270.3 271.2 Sheffield
Sheffield
(North) A61, Manchester, Stocksbridge
Stocksbridge
(A616) J36 Barnsley
Barnsley
(South) A61, Doncaster
Doncaster
(A6195) 53°29′47″N 1°28′32″W / 53.49632°N 1.47547°W / 53.49632; -1.47547 (M1, Junction 36)

172.1 172.6 276.9 277.8 Manchester, Barnsley
Barnsley
A628 Stockport
Stockport
(M67, M60) J37 Barnsley, Pontefract, Manchester
Manchester
A628 53°32′55″N 1°30′56″W / 53.54872°N 1.51568°W / 53.54872; -1.51568 (M1, Junction 37)

176.4 176.9 283.9 284.7 Huddersfield, Barnsley
Barnsley
A637 J38 Huddersfield, Barnsley
Barnsley
A637 53°36′11″N 1°33′03″W / 53.60297°N 1.55092°W / 53.60297; -1.55092 (M1, Junction 38)

178.5 287.2 Woolley Edge services Services Woolley Edge services 53°37′18″N 1°32′54″W / 53.62161°N 1.54821°W / 53.62161; -1.54821 (M1, Woolley Edge services)

179.9 180.4 289.5 290.4 Denby Dale
Denby Dale
A636 J39 Denby Dale
Denby Dale
A636 53°39′02″N 1°31′43″W / 53.65064°N 1.52869°W / 53.65064; -1.52869 (M1, Junction)

182.6 183.0 293.8 294.5 Wakefield, Dewsbury
Dewsbury
A638 J40 Wakefield, Dewsbury, Batley
Batley
A638 53°41′01″N 1°33′18″W / 53.68357°N 1.55508°W / 53.68357; -1.55508 (M1, Junction 40)

185.1 185.6 297.9 298.7 Wakefield, Morley A650 J41 Wakefield, Morley A650 53°42′56″N 1°32′07″W / 53.71556°N 1.53534°W / 53.71556; -1.53534 (M1, Junction 41)

186.5 187.0 300.1 301.0 Hull, Manchester
Manchester
M62 J42 M62 interchange Hull, Manchester, Bradford, Liverpool
Liverpool
M62 53°43′51″N 1°30′43″W / 53.73087°N 1.51195°W / 53.73087; -1.51195 (M1, Junction 42 - M1-M62 interchange)

188.4 189.0 303.2 304.1 No access J43 Leeds
Leeds
M621 53°45′17″N 1°30′53″W / 53.75460°N 1.51461°W / 53.75460; -1.51461 (M1, Junction 43)

189.4 189.9 304.8 305.6 Leeds
Leeds
A639 J44 Leeds
Leeds
A639 53°45′45″N 1°29′29″W / 53.76256°N 1.49139°W / 53.76256; -1.49139 (M1, Junction 44)

190.8 191.2 307.1 307.7 Leeds
Leeds
A63 J45 Leeds
Leeds
A63 53°46′34″N 1°28′13″W / 53.77613°N 1.47041°W / 53.77613; -1.47041 (M1, Junction 45)

193.7 194.0 311.7 312.2 Leeds
Leeds
A6120 J46 Leeds
Leeds
A6120 Selby
Selby
A63 53°47′31″N 1°25′35″W / 53.79198°N 1.42646°W / 53.79198; -1.42646 (M1, Junction 46)

196.6 197.0 316.4 317.1 Castleford
Castleford
A656 Garforth
Garforth
A642 J47 Garforth
Garforth
A642 The SOUTH
The SOUTH
(A1) 53°48′20″N 1°21′41″W / 53.80557°N 1.36149°W / 53.80557; -1.36149 (M1, Junction 47)

197.7 318.1 Start of motorway A1(M), J43 Northern terminus The North, Wetherby, York
York
(A64), Newcastle A1(M) 53°49′18″N 1°20′19″W / 53.82178°N 1.33866°W / 53.82178; -1.33866 (M1, Northern terminus with A1(M))

Notes

Data from driver location signs/distance marker posts are used to provide distance and carriageway identification information. Where a junction spans several hundred metres and the data is available, both the start and finish values for the junction are shown. Coordinate data from ACME Mapper.

1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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List of sights visible from the M1[edit]

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The M1 is the only UK motorway to use transition curves (spirals) to connect straights to curves (circles) as is usual with railways. This was found to be unnecessary and curves connect directly to straights (or curves of a different radius) on later motorways.

Midland Main Line
Midland Main Line
and Thameslink (between London
London
Gateway services and Junction 1, and also between Junctions 11 and 12) Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
Oil Storage Terminal (Buncefield) (after Junction 8 northbound) Icknield Way Path
Icknield Way Path
crosses near Toddington Services (south of junction 12) The Point, Xscape and Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
Theatre, Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes
(between Junction 13 to 14) Express Lift Tower
Express Lift Tower
in Northampton
Northampton
(between Junctions 14 and 16) West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
(runs alongside between Junctions 16 and 18) Rugby VLF transmitter (between Junctions 18 and 19) East Midlands
East Midlands
Airport (between Junctions 23A and 24) Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station
Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station
(between Junctions 24 and 25) Sutton Scarsdale Hall
Sutton Scarsdale Hall
(on southern approach to Junction 29 – visible only to southbound traffic) Hardwick Hall
Hardwick Hall
and Hardwick Old Hall
Hardwick Old Hall
(between Tibshelf Services and 29) Bolsover
Bolsover
Castle (between Junctions 29 and 30) Meadowhall Shopping Centre
Meadowhall Shopping Centre
(Sheffield, near Junction 34) Former site of the Blackburn Meadows Power Station
Blackburn Meadows Power Station
(Sheffield, near Junction 34, opposite Meadowhall) Wentworth Castle
Wentworth Castle
(between Junctions 36 and 37) Barnsley
Barnsley
Town Hall (visible travelling southbound between Junctions 37 and 38) Emley Moor mast (between Junctions 37 and 38, again between Junctions 39 and 40 and also between Junctions 45 and 46. Also visible to northbound traffic in the distance between Woodall Services and Junction 32 (on the left) and Junctions 32 – 34) Ferrybridge Power Station
Ferrybridge Power Station
(Leeds, at Junction 42 slip road, north and southbound) Bridgewater Place
Bridgewater Place
(Leeds, between Junctions 43 and 45) Temple Newsam
Temple Newsam
(Leeds, between Junctions 44 and 45)

See also[edit]

List of motorways in the United Kingdom

References[edit]

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