Plan to ease jams on M1

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WORK is due to start next year on a long-awaited scheme to ease congestion on the M1 near Sheffield and Chesterfield by allowing drivers to use the hard shoulder.

The proposals were thrown into doubt when the Coalition Government announced a transport spending review.

This week Roads Minister Mike Penning has announced the scheme will go ahead, covering the motorway from junction 35a at Chapeltown to junction 28 south of Chesterfield.

The work will start in financial year 2012/13, one of 14 highways schemes that will go ahead before 2015. Mr Penning added: “These schemes will deliver vital investment across the strategic road network, driving economic growth and boosting the UK economy.

“They will also provide much-needed additional capacity - easing congestion and making journey times more reliable.”