Leeds & West Yorkshire

M1 'smart motorway' section switched on in West Yorkshire

M1 near Leeds Image copyright Google
Image caption Traffic was restricted to 50mph on the stretch of the M1 during the construction process

Variable speed limits have come into force on a section of the M1 motorway in West Yorkshire.

The £120m "smart motorway" will operate between junction 39 near Wakefield and junction 42 at Lofthouse, where it meets the M62.

The final stretch between junctions 41 and 42 is due to open in the new year.

The technology, which monitors traffic levels and adjusts speed limits on electronic signs, aims to reduce congestion and improve journey times.

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