DERBYSHIRE LETTERS: Why is M1 road work taking so long?

M1 roadworks looking north towards junction 30.
M1 roadworks looking north towards junction 30.

1. Why does it take so long to convert the hard shoulder into a running lane on the M1?

2. Why aren’t we getting a proper solution to the problems of traffic congestion? If it were ‘down south’ where I hail from, we’d be getting an extra lane, not a cheap substitute by just converting the hard shoulder and putting a few gantries in

3. Why do miles and miles of motorway have to have a permanent 50mph limit slapped on them when hardly anyone ever seems to be doing anything between Junctions 28 and 31?

I often use the M1 from Junction 31 to 33 and I’ve never seen anyone doing anything since the 50mph limit was imposed ages ago.

By Graham Atkins