Milton Keynes stretch of the M1 branded 'dangerous' after multiple crashes last week

A stretch of the M1 through between Milton Keynes and Northampton has been labelled 'dangerous' by readers after the motorway was closed twice last week due to accidents.

Wednesday, 30th January 2019, 2:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 9:57 pm
Danger road? The M1 roadworks

Last Wednesday a 60-year-old van driver was killed in a fatal collision with a lorry north of junction 14 for Milton Keynes and south of junction 15 for Northampton.

The southbound carriageway of the motorway was shut for several hours as emergency services attended the scene.

Two days later, crashes on both the north and southbound carriageways of the same stretch saw the motorway shut in both directions.

Danger road? The M1 roadworks

In reaction to the collisions, readers of both the MK Citizen and its sister title the Northampton Chronicle and Echo, have expressed their concerns over the ongoing Smart motorway works being carried out by Highways England between junctions 13 and 16.

Reader Tom Burrows said they were the most 'dangerous roadworks I've ever seen'.

"Where they have moved the white lines and left the old ones down is confusing people," he said.

"I use this stretch of road every day and I've never seen so many accidents. Completely the fault of the companies doing the work, something should be done."

Reader Matt Bellhouse told a similar story.

He said: "The main issue causing this is the poor job they've done painting over the old lane lines.

"In the morning you're driving towards the sun, which, when shining on the road, it shows the painted over lines as if they're still there, so it's easy for people to get confused over which are the new smaller lanes from the roadworks."

Highways England project sponsor, Tabatha Bailey, said: “We take safety incredibly seriously and that is why we have temporary speed limits in place along this stretch of the M1. We will always review existing measures that are in place and act where necessary to make any changes.”

Dozens more chipped in with similar comments, stating how the old white lines were clearly causing confusion in the 50 mph zone.

When completed, the Smart motorway works between junctions 16 and 13 will enable the carriageways to run with four lanes and will be regulated by variable speed limits depending on the amount of traffic.