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The 17-hour bridge demolition speeded up to just a minute

In reality it took the closure of a busy motorway and more than 17 hours to knock down a bridge but the Highways Agency has release footage of the whole operation speeded up to just over a minute.

The old Luton Road bridge across the M1 was demolished overnight on Saturday 10 September.

It's part of the £162 million project to build a dual-carriageway north of Dunstable linking the A5 and the M1.

Another bridge will be knocked down on Saturday 24 September and the M1 will be closed between junctions 11 and 12 between 8pm on Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.

Overnight bridgework on M1

Overnight bridge work requiring motorway closures will be carried out at junction 15 of the M1 near Northampton from Monday 23 June to Monday 4 August.

The work will centre on painting the Grange Park Bridge. Only one carriageway of the motorway will be closed at one time with traffic diverted up and over the junction.


'Dummy' cyclist risks life on M1

Cyclist on M1 Credit: Beds, Cambs, Herts RPU

Traffic police have released a shocking picture of a cyclist putting his life at risk in heavy rain on the M1 in Hertfordshire. Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire road unit took the picture yesterday and posted it on Twitter with the hashtag don't be a dummy.

The cyclist was wearing dark clothing and had no lights. He told police he was on his way to London. They escorted him off the motorway.

Hard shoulder use a "success"

Motorists are encouraged to use the hard shoulder Credit: ITV News Anglia

Plans to allow vehicles to use the hard shoulder on a section of the M1 in Hertfordshire have been judged a success by drivers.

The Highways Agency is operating the scheme between junctions 10 and 13 during the morning and evening commutes. Senior managers say that by allowing traffic to use the hard shoulders they've been able to reduce congestion and keep vehicles moving.

Hard shoulder running on the M1

New moves to reduce congestion on M1: Credit: Press Association

Drivers using the M1 between junctions 11 and 13 are being warned that the Highways Agency will be testing the newly-installed managed motorway systems from tonight, Tuesday 18 December, including use of the hard shoulder as a traffic lane.

At busy times the overhead electronic signals above the motorway will display variable mandatory speed limits within red rings.

To indicate when drivers can use the hard shoulder as an extra lane overhead message signs will be set by staff at the Highways Agency’s East Regional Control Centre.


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