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M1 hard shoulder opens for traffic

Drivers using the hard shoulder on the M1 Credit: Highways Agency

Drivers travelling on the M1 in Bedfordshire are being allowed to use the hard shoulder as part of a project to reduce congestion.

A three mile section of the motorway hard shoulder has been converted for use during busy times of the day.

It's hoped the scheme will cut traffic queues during the Olympics. Drivers will be told by overhead signs when they'll be allowed to use the hard shoulder.