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M1 Motorway

M1 shield

London-Yorkshire Motorway
Looking north towards junction 37
Route information
Part of
Maintained by Highways England
Length193.5 mi[1] (311.4 km)
HistoryOpened: 1959
Completed: 1999
Major junctions
South endLondon Staples Corner (A406)
51°34?32?N 0°14?06?W / 51.5755°N 0.2351°W / 51.5755; -0.2351 (M1 Motorway (southern end))
 Junction 6a.svg UK-Motorway-M25.svg
J6a -> M25 motorway
Junction 17.svg UK-Motorway-M45.svg
J17 -> M45 motorway
Junction 19.svg UK-Motorway-M6.svg
J19 -> M6 motorway
Junction 21.svg UK-Motorway-M69.svg
J21 -> M69 motorway
Junction 32.svg UK-Motorway-M18.svg
J32 -> M18 motorway
Junction 42.svg UK-Motorway-M62.svg
J42 -> M62 motorway
Junction 43.svg UK-Motorway-M621.svg
J43 -> M621 motorway
UK-Motorway-A1 (M).svg
A1(M) motorway
North endHook Moor (A1(M))
53°49?22?N 1°20?20?W / 53.8229°N 1.3388°W / 53.8229; -1.3388 (M1 motorway (northern end))
CountiesGreater London, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
Brent Cross
St Albans
Hemel Hempstead
Milton Keynes
Road network

The M1 motorway connects London to Leeds, where it joins the A1(M) near Aberford, to connect to Newcastle. It was the first inter-urban motorway to be completed in the UK;[2] the first motorway in the country was the Preston By-pass, which later became part of the M6.[3]

The motorway is 193 miles (311 km) long and was constructed in four phases. Most of the motorway was opened between 1959 and 1968 but the southern end was extended in 1977 and the northern end was extended in 1999. It forms part of the unsigned European route E13.


There had been plans before the Second World War for a motorway network in the United Kingdom. Lord Montagu formed a company to build a 'motorway like road' from London to Birmingham in 1923,[4] but it was a further 26 years before the Special Roads Act 1949 was passed, which allowed for the construction of roads limited to specific vehicle classifications, and in the 1950s, the country's first motorways were given the government go-ahead.

The first section of motorway was the Preston Bypass in Lancashire, now part of the M6 motorway, which opened in 1958.[3] The M1 was Britain's first full-length motorway and opened in 1959.[5] The early M1 had no speed limits, no central reservation or crash barriers, and no lighting.[6]

First section, 1959

Looking north from the B579 bridge at Chalton, with the former brickworks at Sundon to the right, in May 1958

The first section of the motorway, between Junction 5 (Watford) and Junction 18 (Crick/Rugby), opened on 1 November 1959, together with the motorway's two spurs, the M10 (from Junction 7 to south of St Albans originally connecting to the A1) and the M45 (from Junction 17 to the A45 and Coventry). Parts of the Hertfordshire section were built using steam rollers.[7]

The M1 was officially inaugurated from Slip End (close to Luton), celebrated by a large concrete slab[8] on the bridge next to the village, with inscription "London-Yorkshire Motorway - This slab was sealed by the Rt Hon Harold Watkinson M.P. - Minister of Transport - Inauguration Day - 24th March 1958". It was relocated, during widening works in 2007-08, to the eastern side of junction 10.

Looking north from a similar position south of Toddington services in July 1959, nearing completion

This section of the M1 broadly follows the route of the A5 north-west. It started at the Watford Bypass (A41), which runs south-east to meet the A1 at Apex corner, and ended on the A5 at Crick. The M10 spur motorway connected the M1 to the North Orbital Road (A405/A414, a precursor of the M25) where it also met the A5 (now renumbered here as the A5183) and, 2 miles (3.2 km) to the east via the A414, the A6, which subsequently became part of the M25.

Although the whole of the first section opened in 1959, it was built in two parts, with the northern part (Junctions 10 to 18) being built by John Laing[2] and the southern part (the St Albans Bypass) being built by Tarmac Construction.[9]

Rugby to Leeds, 1965 to 1968

The M1 in Barnsley, heading north towards Leeds

The continuation of the motorway from Junction 18 towards Yorkshire was carried out as a series of extensions between 1965 and 1968. Diverging from the A5, the motorway takes a more northerly route through the East Midlands, via Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham to Sheffield, where the M18 splits from the M1 at Junction 32 to head to Doncaster.

Originally, the M1 was planned to end at Doncaster but it was decided to make what was going to be the "Leeds and Sheffield Spur" into the primary route, with the 11-mile (18 km) section to the A1(M) south of Doncaster given the separate motorway number M18.

From Junction 32, the motorway passes Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Wakefield, reaching the original end of the motorway at (the original) Junction 44 to the east of Leeds. There were plans to route the M1 from just south of Junction 42, where it interchanges with the M62, round the west of Leeds to the A1 at Dishforth. The chosen route passes to the east of Leeds. With the M62 and M621, the M1 forms a ring of motorways around the south of Leeds.

Leeds South Eastern Urban Motorway, 1972

The M1 and M621 interchange on the northbound carriageways at Leeds

In 1972, an extension of the M1 was opened into central Leeds as the Leeds South Eastern Motorway, where it met the Leeds South Western Motorway (M621) coming north-east from the M62 at Junction 3.


In July 1972, the then UK Minister for Transport Industries, John Peyton, announced that 86 miles (138 km) of UK motorway particularly prone to fog would benefit from lighting in a project that "should be" completed by 1973.[10] Sections to be illuminated included the M1 between Junctions 3 and 14, and between Junctions 16 and 24.[10] In August 2011, the Highways Agency announced that, despite being converted to Smart Motorway status, the lights will be switched off on stretches of the motorway between Junctions 10 (Luton) and 15 (Northampton) without affecting road user safety. The motorway junctions and their approaches, and a section of the M1 on either side of Junction 11 (north Luton), would have lighting columns replaced and remain lit. All lighting columns from Junctions 10 to 14 were removed completely, apart from some on slip roads.[11]

Safety barriers

An increasing official interest in secondary safety was evident in an announcement in March 1973 that work would begin shortly on erecting "tensioned safety barriers" along the central reservation of a 34-mile (55 km) section of the M1 between Kegworth (J24) and Barlborough (J30).[12]

Leeds to Hook Moor, 1999

Between 1996 and 1999, the M1 section north of the M62 underwent a major reconstruction and extension to take the M1 on a new route to the A1(M) at Aberford. The new road involved the construction of a series of new junctions, bridges and viaducts to the east of Leeds. When the new section of M1 was completed and opened on 4 February 1999,[13] the Leeds South Eastern Motorway section of the M1 was re-designated as the M621, and the junctions were given new numbers: M621 Junctions 4 to 7.

London extensions, 1966, 1967 and 1977

Map showing construction dates of sections of the M1
M1 at Junction 4

The M1 was extended south towards London from its original starting point at Junction 5, in three stages. The first stage, opened in 1966, took the motorway south-east, parallel to the A41, to meet the A5 at junction 4 south of Elstree. The second phase continued east to Scratchwood (the London Gateway Service Area occupies the location of the missing junction 3 from where an un-built spur would have connected to the A1 at Stirling Corner to the north-east). The M1 then runs south alongside the Midland Main Line towards Hendon, where it meets the A1 again at Junction 2 via a tightly curved flyover section. These flyovers connecting from the A1 were originally both for northbound traffic: the left one as the on-ramp to the M1, the right one going over the A1/A41 junction beneath to rejoin the A1 northbound.

Junction 2 is about 2.5 miles (4 km) south of the original Junction 3. Before the completion of Junction 2, southbound traffic left the motorway via a slip road which passed around the back of the now disused homebase and under the A41/A1 Mill Hill Bypass, and looped round to join it at Fiveways Interchange. This slip road is still visible to southbound traffic approximately 650 yards (590 m) before Junction 2, and was maintained until the early 2000s, even though not accessible to traffic. The northbound slip road from the A1 is now partially used as the entrance way to a retail park and was once carried by bridge, but no longer reaches the northbound carriageway, because it is cut off by the motorway continuing south.

The final section of the M1 was opened to Junction 1 at Staples Corner in 1977. There the motorway meets the North Circular Road (A406) at a grade separated junction and roundabout. Unrealised plans from the 1960s would have seen the motorway continue through the junction on an elevated roadway to end at West Hampstead, where it would have met the North Cross Route, the northern section of the London Motorway Box, a proposed ring of urban motorway around the central area. The layout of the Staples Corner junction was originally built in accordance with those plans, although most of the London Ringways Plan had been cancelled by 1973. Around the same time, the section between the M10 and Junction 5 was widened from the original two lanes to three.

On its completion, the M1 acted as a fast link road between London and Birmingham. It also provided a link to London Luton Airport for those regions, and its proximity to the site of the Milton Keynes new town (designated in 1967) meant that it was soon providing a vital transport link to another major area.

Recent developments

In 2006, plans were published for the widening of 91 miles (146 km) from Leicester through to Leeds (Junctions 21-42) to four lanes each way.

Work began on 10-mile (16 km) section between the M25 and Luton (Junctions 6a and 10) in 2006 and opened in 2009, which included the construction of new parallel roads between Junctions 7 and 8 for local traffic, together with the widening or replacement of eleven underbridges on one or both carriageways, and replacing seven overbridges[14] at a cost of £294 million.[15] A variable speed limit system (MIDAS) was installed, and the M10 spur was reclassified as part of the A414 road. Escalating costs across the whole of the Highways Agency programme, including the M1 project, on which costs had risen to £5.1 billion, as well as increasing opposition to major road expansion,[16][17] as well as criticisms by the Transport Select Committee and the National Audit Office, led to wide-ranging re-assessments of the Agency's project costs.[18] Widening was scaled back to a section from the M25 to Luton (Junctions 6a to 10) that was already in progress, and from Nottingham and Mansfield (Junctions 25-28), hard-shoulder running being to be used for other sections.

Work to widen the 15-mile (24 km) section from Nottingham to Mansfield (J25-J28) to four lanes each way began in January 2008 and was completed in 2010, at a cost of £340 million.[19][20] Variable speed limit cameras, installed initially only for the period of construction, proved to be so effective that they were retained permanently.[21]

Work to introduce hard shoulder running on approximately 15 miles (24 km) of motorway between Luton and Milton Keynes (J10-13) was completed in December 2012, at a total cost of £327 million.[22] Modifications were also made to Junctions 11 and 12,[23] and the A421 road from Junction 13 to the Bedford southern bypass was upgraded to two lanes each way during this period[24]

Following the report of a public inquiry in March 2013, the Secretary of State for Transport announced on 18 July 2013 that work to update the Catthorpe Interchange between the M1 motorway, M6 motorway and A14 road close to Catthorpe[25] would go ahead.[26] Work on the £191 million three-layer interchange started in January 2014[27] and the scheme was fully opened to traffic in December 2016.[28]

Current developments

A5-M1 Link (Dunstable Northern Bypass)

A5-M1 Link (Dunstable Northern Bypass)
Proposed Dunstable and Luton Northern Bypass.png
The route of the Dunstable Northern Bypass proposal and route options for the connecting Luton Northern Bypass.
LocationCentral Bedfordshire
ProposerHighways Agency
StatusCompleted (summer 2017)
Cost estimate£171 million to £217 million

The A5-M1 Link (Dunstable Northern Bypass) is a two-lane dual carriageway running east from the A5 north of Dunstable joining the M1 at a new Junction 11a south of Chalton.[29] Here, it is intended to join with a proposed Luton Northern Bypass to form a northern bypass for the wider conurbation. The A5-M1 Link aims to alleviate traffic congestion in Houghton Regis and Dunstable, reduce journey times for long-distance traffic travelling through Dunstable and improve the regional economy. The Highways Agency detrunked the A5 through Dunstable when the A5-M1 Link opened to the public in May 2017.[30] As part of the Dunstable Town Centre Masterplan, Central Bedfordshire Council built the 2.9 km Woodside Link to connect the new junction 11a to the industrial areas of Dunstable and Houghton Regis. Most of the road opened to traffic in autumn 2016 with the remaining section connecting to junction 11a when it opened.[31]

Proposed developments

M1/M69 junction

There are plans to widen the M1 to dual 4-lane or dual 5-lane between Junctions 21 and 21a and construct a new link road between the M1 and the M69 including a new road bridge to take southbound M1 traffic over the motorway to connect to the M69. During this work the Leicester Forest East services would be closed.[32] Consultation took place in 2007 and a completion date of 2014 was suggested.[33] However the Highway Agency separately suggests that scheme development will "recommence" in 2014/15 with a provisional programmed start of works 2017/18.[34]

Other proposals

In addition to the above schemes, the Highways Agency also plans to add capacity and improve flows on the following sections of motorway in the longer term.[34]

Location Works Start date
M1 J21a - J23a Hard shoulder running after 2020

Plans to dual the A421 from Junction 13 to Milton Keynes and to add capacity to Junction 10a on the Luton spur are being developed.[35][36]

Incidents and accidents

  • In March 1972, 200 vehicles crashed in thick fog resulting in the deaths of nine people on the M1 north of Luton.[37]
  • On 8 January 1989, a Boeing 737 crashed onto the embankment of the M1 whilst attempting an emergency landing at East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire. There were no ground casualties nor vehicular damage on the motorway as a result of the crash, however 47 passengers on board the aircraft were killed and a further 74 passengers and crew members were seriously injured.
  • On 6 September 1997, large sections of the northbound carriageway were closed between London and Althorp, Northamptonshire to allow for the funeral procession of Diana, Princess of Wales. In an unprecedented event, police allowed pedestrians onto the normally busy northbound carriageway almost the entire length of the route to pay their respects.
  • On 11 June 2003 three tanks were thrown across the carriageway near Junction 19 near Lutterworth when the transporter carrying them was involved in an crash; five were killed.[38]
  • An 18-mile (29 km) stretch of the motorway was closed entirely on the morning of 11 December 2005, following a major explosion and fire at the Buncefield Oil Depot which is less than half a mile (800 m) from the M1.
  • In June 2007, the section of M1 between Junctions 32 and 36 was closed for a number of days after the Ulley Reservoir developed cracks after being deluged in the 2007 United Kingdom floods.
  • Part of the motorway close to Tinsley Viaduct was closed to allow safe demolition of the Tinsley cooling towers in the early hours of 24 August 2008.[39] The M1 remaining closed for much of the day until the stability of the viaduct was confirmed.
  • On 15 April 2011, a seven-mile stretch of the road was closed between Junctions 1 and 4 due to a fire at a scrapyard underneath the motorway.[40] The road was fully re-opened early on 21 April 2011 with a 50 mph speed limit in force whilst repair work continued to an elevated section.[40]
  • On 26 August 2017, two lorries and a minibus crashed between junctions 14 and 15, near Newport Pagnell, shutting down the motorway for most of the day. Eight people were killed and three severely injured. The drivers of the lorries were charged with dangerous driving, with one also charged with drunk driving.[41] The incident represented the largest loss of life as the result of a motorway accident since a crash on the M40 in 1993.[42]


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M1 motorway junctions
mile km Southbound exits (B carriageway) Junction Northbound exits (A carriageway) Coordinates
7.0 11.3 North Circular (West), Brent Cross, Wembley, Hanger Lane, (A406 West) J1
Southern terminus
Start of motorway 51°34?31?N 0°14?05?W / 51.57515°N 0.23471°W / 51.57515; -0.23471 (M1, Junction 1)
Central London (The City), Holloway
North Circular (A406)(E) A1
J2 No access 51°36?14?N 0°14?23?W / 51.60399°N 0.23977°W / 51.60399; -0.23977 (M1, Junction 2)
12.0 19.3 London Gateway services Services London Gateway services 51°38?06?N 0°15?58?W / 51.63513°N 0.26610°W / 51.63513; -0.26610 (M1, London Gateway services)
Harrow, Edgware A41 (A406 North) J4 No access 51°38?10?N 0°18?17?W / 51.63612°N 0.30468°W / 51.63612; -0.30468 (M1, Junction 4)
Harrow, Aylesbury A41
Watford A4008
J5 Aylesbury, Watford, M25 (West) A41 51°40?18?N 0°22?08?W / 51.67162°N 0.36894°W / 51.67162; -0.36894 (M1, Junction 5)
North Watford A405 J6 St Albans, Harlow, M25 (East) A405 51°42?22?N 0°22?55?W / 51.70602°N 0.38182°W / 51.70602; -0.38182 (M1, Junction 6)
Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, M40, M4, M3

Stansted Airport, Dartford, M11, M20

M25 interchange
No access 51°43?06?N 0°23?10?W / 51.71831°N 0.38607°W / 51.71831; -0.38607 (M1, Junction 6a - M1-M25 interchange)
St Albans, Hatfield A414 J7 No access 51°44?57?N 0°24?33?W / 51.74930°N 0.40928°W / 51.74930; -0.40928 (M1, Junction 7)
Hemel Hempstead J8 Hemel Hempstead A414 51°45?25?N 0°24?59?W / 51.75695°N 0.41641°W / 51.75695; -0.41641 (M1, Junction 8)
Redbourn A5183 J9 Dunstable, Redbourn A5183 51°49?12?N 0°25?02?W / 51.82000°N 0.41714°W / 51.82000; -0.41714 (M1, Junction 9)
Luton Airport A1081 J10 Luton (S) & Airport A1081 51°51?14?N 0°25?25?W / 51.85397°N 0.42370°W / 51.85397; -0.42370 (M1, Junction 10)
Luton (Centre), Dunstable A505 J11 Luton (Centre), Dunstable A505 51°53?36?N 0°28?12?W / 51.89347°N 0.46988°W / 51.89347; -0.46988 (M1, Junction 11)
Dunstable (North), Aylesbury A5, A505, A5505 J11A Dunstable (North), Aylesbury A5, A505, A5505 51°55?18?N 0°29?28?W / 51.92156°N 0.49122°W / 51.92156; -0.49122 (M1, Junction 11A)
38.9 62.6 Toddington services Services Toddington services 51°56?52?N 0°30?10?W / 51.94778°N 0.50275°W / 51.94778; -0.50275 (M1, Toddington services)
Flitwick A5120 J12 Flitwick A5120 51°57?27?N 0°30?58?W / 51.95744°N 0.51606°W / 51.95744; -0.51606 (M1, Junction 12)
Bedford A421
Woburn, Ampthill A507
J13 Bedford, Milton Keynes (South) A421 52°01?36?N 0°36?13?W / 52.02657°N 0.60360°W / 52.02657; -0.60360 (M1, Junction 13)
Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell A509 J14 Milton Keynes, Newport Pagnell A509 52°03?32?N 0°42?00?W / 52.05877°N 0.70012°W / 52.05877; -0.70012 (M1, Junction 14)
53.7 86.5 Newport Pagnell services Services Newport Pagnell services 52°05?00?N 0°44?55?W / 52.08330°N 0.74853°W / 52.08330; -0.74853 (M1, Newport Pagnell services)
Northampton, Wellingborough A45
Kettering A43
J15 Northampton, Wellingborough A45 52°11?09?N 0°53?44?W / 52.18588°N 0.89551°W / 52.18588; -0.89551 (M1, Junction 15)
Northampton, Oxford A43 (M40)
Northampton services
Northampton, Oxford A43 (M40)
Northampton Services
52°12?35?N 0°56?40?W / 52.20961°N 0.94435°W / 52.20961; -0.94435 (M1, Junction 15a)
Northampton A4500 J16 Daventry A45 52°13?49?N 1°00?58?W / 52.23030°N 1.01598°W / 52.23030; -1.01598 (M1, Junction 16)
75.1 120.8 Watford Gap services Services Watford Gap services 52°18?25?N 1°07?19?W / 52.30696°N 1.12202°W / 52.30696; -1.12202 (M1, Watford Gap services)
No access J17 Coventry M45 52°19?29?N 1°08?26?W / 52.32464°N 1.14069°W / 52.32464; -1.14069 (M1, Junction 17)
Daventry, DIRFT A428 J18 Hinckley A5
Rugby A428
52°21?03?N 1°09?16?W / 52.35089°N 1.15455°W / 52.35089; -1.15455 (M1, Junction 18)
Felixstowe, Corby, Kettering A14 J19
M6/A14 interchange
The North West
Coventry, Birmingham M6
52°24?19?N 1°10?37?W / 52.40522°N 1.17704°W / 52.40522; -1.17704 (M1, Junction 19)
Lutterworth, Rugby A4303 J20 Lutterworth A4303
Market Harborough A4304
52°27?01?N 1°11?29?W / 52.45015°N 1.19146°W / 52.45015; -1.19146 (M1, Junction 10)
Coventry, Birmingham M69 (M6)
Leicester A5460
J21 Coventry M69
Leicester A5460
52°36?01?N 1°11?42?W / 52.60041°N 1.19498°W / 52.60041; -1.19498 (M1, Junction 21)
97.7 157.2 Leicester Forest East services Services Leicester Forest East services 52°37?09?N 1°12?21?W / 52.61920°N 1.20579°W / 52.61920; -1.20579 (M1, Leicester Forest East services)
No access J21a Leicester, Newark A46 52°38?09?N 1°13?05?W / 52.63577°N 1.21798°W / 52.63577; -1.21798 (M1, Junction 21a)
Leicester A50, Coalville A511 J22 Coalville, Ashby-de-la-Zouch A511 52°41?45?N 1°17?33?W / 52.69592°N 1.29240°W / 52.69592; -1.29240 (M1, Junction 22)
Loughborough, Ashby-de-la-Zouch A512 J23 Loughborough, Ashby-de-la-Zouch A512 52°45?37?N 1°16?26?W / 52.76032°N 1.27394°W / 52.76032; -1.27394 (M1, Junction 23)
The South West, Tamworth, Birmingham,
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, A42 (M42)
East Midlands Airport A453
Stoke A50, Derby A6
Donington Park services
52°49?09?N 1°18?20?W / 52.81929°N 1.30544°W / 52.81929; -1.30544 (M1, Junction 23a)
Loughborough A6
East Midlands Airport A453
Donington Park services
J24 Nottingham South/Centre A453 The South West Birmingham, Tamworth, A42, (M42) 52°50?38?N 1°17?45?W / 52.84397°N 1.29570°W / 52.84397; -1.29570 (M1, Junction 24)
Stoke A50, Derby A6 J24a No access 52°51?29?N 1°18?04?W / 52.85796°N 1.30106°W / 52.85796; -1.30106 (M1, Junction 24a)
Nottingham South, Derby A52 J25 Derby, Nottingham West/Centre A52 52°54?57?N 1°17?59?W / 52.91589°N 1.29969°W / 52.91589; -1.29969 (M1, Junction 25)
124.1 199.8 Trowell services Services Trowell services 52°57?44?N 1°16?02?W / 52.96216°N 1.26725°W / 52.96216; -1.26725 (M1, Trowell services)
Nottingham, Ilkeston A610 J26 Ripley, Eastwood, Nottingham North/Centre A610, Nuthall, Alfreton B600 52°59?24?N 1°14?04?W / 52.98991°N 1.23455°W / 52.98991; -1.23455 (M1, Junction)
Heanor, Hucknall A608 J27 Mansfield A608 53°03?48?N 1°16?09?W / 53.06342°N 1.26909°W / 53.06342; -1.26909 (M1, Junction 27)
Mansfield, Derby A38 Matlock (A615) J28 Mansfield, Matlock A38 53°06?05?N 1°19?26?W / 53.10129°N 1.32398°W / 53.10129; -1.32398 (M1, Junction 28)
138.3 222.5 Tibshelf services Services Tibshelf services 53°08?19?N 1°19?51?W / 53.13848°N 1.33093°W / 53.13848; -1.33093 (M1, Tibshelf services)
Mansfield, Matlock A617 J29 Chesterfield A617 53°11?52?N 1°19?22?W / 53.19773°N 1.32287°W / 53.19773; -1.32287 (M1, Junction 29)
Markham Vale A6192
Bolsover (A632)
J29a Markham Vale A6192
Bolsover (A632)
53°14?47?N 1°19?52?W / 53.24647°N 1.33111°W / 53.24647; -1.33111 (M1, Junction 29a)
Chesterfield, Newark A616 J30 Sheffield (S), Worksop A6135 53°17?11?N 1°17?46?W / 53.28651°N 1.29604°W / 53.28651; -1.29604 (M1, Junction 30)
151.3 243.5 Woodall services Services Woodall services 53°18?56?N 1°16?56?W / 53.31552°N 1.28214°W / 53.31552; -1.28214 (M1, Woodall services)
Worksop A57 J31 Sheffield (SE) A57
Rotherham (S), Clowne (A618)
53°21?44?N 1°17?00?W / 53.36221°N 1.28347°W / 53.36221; -1.28347 (M1, Junction 31)
The North, Doncaster, Hull, Scunthorpe M18 J32
M18 interchange
The North, Doncaster, Hull, Rotherham (E) M18 53°23?30?N 1°16?56?W / 53.39160°N 1.28231°W / 53.39160; -1.28231 (M1, Junction 32 - M1-M18 interchange)
Sheffield (centre), Rotherham, A630 J33 Sheffield (centre), Rotherham, A630 53°23?55?N 1°20?59?W / 53.39848°N 1.34977°W / 53.39848; -1.34977 (M1, Junction 33)
Meadowhall Centre, Rotherham A6109: J34 Meadowhall, Sheffield, Rotherham A6178: 53°25?03?N 1°24?23?W / 53.41754°N 1.40634°W / 53.41754; -1.40634 (M1, Junction 34)
Rotherham, Sheffield A629 J35 Rotherham, Chapeltown, Penistone, Huddersfield A629 53°27?21?N 1°26?43?W / 53.45581°N 1.44539°W / 53.45581; -1.44539 (M1, Junction 35)
No access J35a Manchester, Stocksbridge A616 53°28?31?N 1°27?32?W / 53.47525°N 1.45891°W / 53.47525; -1.45891 (M1, Junction 35a)
Sheffield (North) A61, Manchester, Stocksbridge (A616) J36 Barnsley (South) A61, Doncaster (A6195) 53°29?47?N 1°28?32?W / 53.49632°N 1.47547°W / 53.49632; -1.47547 (M1, Junction 36)
Manchester, Barnsley A628 Stockport (M67, M60) J37 Barnsley, Pontefract, Manchester A628 53°32?55?N 1°30?56?W / 53.54872°N 1.51568°W / 53.54872; -1.51568 (M1, Junction 37)
Huddersfield, Barnsley A637 J38 Huddersfield, Barnsley A637 53°36?11?N 1°33?03?W / 53.60297°N 1.55092°W / 53.60297; -1.55092 (M1, Junction 38)
178.5 287.2 Woolley Edge services Services Woolley Edge services 53°37?18?N 1°32?54?W / 53.62161°N 1.54821°W / 53.62161; -1.54821 (M1, Woolley Edge services)
Denby Dale A636 J39 Denby Dale A636 53°39?02?N 1°31?43?W / 53.65064°N 1.52869°W / 53.65064; -1.52869 (M1, Junction)
Wakefield, Dewsbury A638 J40 Wakefield, Dewsbury, Batley A638 53°41?01?N 1°33?18?W / 53.68357°N 1.55508°W / 53.68357; -1.55508 (M1, Junction 40)
Wakefield, Morley A650 J41 Wakefield, Morley A650 53°42?56?N 1°32?07?W / 53.71556°N 1.53534°W / 53.71556; -1.53534 (M1, Junction 41)
Hull, Manchester M62 J42
M62 interchange
Hull, Manchester, Bradford, Liverpool M62 53°43?51?N 1°30?43?W / 53.73087°N 1.51195°W / 53.73087; -1.51195 (M1, Junction 42 - M1-M62 interchange)
No access J43 Leeds M621 53°45?17?N 1°30?53?W / 53.75460°N 1.51461°W / 53.75460; -1.51461 (M1, Junction 43)
Leeds A639 J44 Leeds A639 53°45?45?N 1°29?29?W / 53.76256°N 1.49139°W / 53.76256; -1.49139 (M1, Junction 44)
Leeds A63 J45 Leeds A63 53°46?34?N 1°28?13?W / 53.77613°N 1.47041°W / 53.77613; -1.47041 (M1, Junction 45)
Leeds A6120 J46 Leeds A6120
Selby A63
53°47?31?N 1°25?35?W / 53.79198°N 1.42646°W / 53.79198; -1.42646 (M1, Junction 46)
Castleford A656
Garforth A642
J47 Garforth A642
The SOUTH (A1)
53°48?20?N 1°21?41?W / 53.80557°N 1.36149°W / 53.80557; -1.36149 (M1, Junction 47)
197.7 318.1 Start of motorway A1(M), J43
Northern terminus
The North, Wetherby, York (A64), Newcastle A1(M) 53°49?18?N 1°20?19?W / 53.82178°N 1.33866°W / 53.82178; -1.33866 (M1, Northern terminus with A1(M))
  • Data from driver location signs/distance marker posts are used to provide distance and carriageway identification information. Where a junction spans several hundred metres and the data is available, both the start and finish values for the junction are shown. Coordinate data from ACME Mapper.
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


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