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Area 8

About Area 8

Area 8 is one of 13 Highways Agency areas in England, comprising of trunk roads and motorways.  The roads that this team manages are: M1, M11, A1, A1(M), A5, A11, A414, A421 and A428 in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire,  Cambridgeshire and Milton Keynes.

  • M1 from Junction 6A, St Albans, Hertfordshire to Milton Keynes/Northamptonshire border north of Junction 14, including Junction 10 to 10a, Luton
  • M11 from Junction 9, Stump Cross, Essex to Junction 14, Girton Interchange, Cambridgeshire
  • A1(M) from Junction 6, Welwyn, Hertfordshire to Junction 10, Radwell, Bedfordshire
  • A14 from Thrapston (Junction 13), Northamptonshire to A14 Newmarket (Junction 37), Suffolk including a 2 mile spur between Alconbury and Huntingdon
  • A11 from M11 Junction 9, Stumps Cross,  to A14 Newmarket (Junction 36)
  • A1 from A1(M) Junction 10 to A1(M) Junction 14 Alconbury
  • A421 from M1 Junction 13, Bedfordshire to A1 Black Cat Roundabout, Roxton, Bedfordshire
  • A428 from the A1 Wyboston Interchange, Bedfordshire to A14/M11 J14  Girton Interchange, Cambridgeshire
  • A5 from M1 Junction 9, Flamstead, Hertfordshire to A508 Old Stratford roundabout, Milton Keynes
  • A414 from the M1 Junction 8 to A405 at St. Albans

View the map of Area 8.

The area is managed by a dedicated Highways Agency team.  On 1 September 2008, Carillion-WSP became our sole service provider under a Managing Agent Contract (MAC).

Iain Semple, Area Performance Manager for Area 8, said:

"Area 8 covers 347 kilometres. The M1 and M11 are routes of national importance and together with A1/A1(M) form the main routes to London from the north.

The A14 is also a route of national importance and is a key route to the east coast ports. Luton airport is a key transport hub served by the area network.

We liaise with 6 local authorities and 4 police forces in our management of the network. This includes delivery of maintenance and improvement schemes and traffic management for events close to the network. We work with developers to deliver necessary improvements to the network to mitigate the impact of development pressures. At present these are concentrated on the A14 around Cambridge and the A5 in Milton Keynes and Dunstable.

In the last six months we have transferred management of Northamptonshire to Area 7 in East Midlands region and taken over maintenance of the recently completed M1 J6A to 10 Widening scheme."

We also work closely with HA colleagues in the development of the following major schemes to add significant capacity to the network:

  • M1 Junction 10 to 13 Hard Shoulder Running
  • A14 Ellington to Fen Ditton Improvement
  • A421 Bedford to M1 Junction 13 Improvement (Under construction)
  • A5 -M1 Link, Dunstable

Based in Bedford, the Highways Agency team manages two contracts under the governments Private Finance Initiative (PFI).  The 30 year Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) contract for the A1(M) Alconbury to Peterborough (Junctions 14 to 17) has been awarded to Road Management Services (Peterborough) Limited and the M40 Denham to Warwick (Junctions 1 to 15) awarded to UK Highways M40 Limited.

View the Map for the  M40 from Junction 1 to 15

The Area Road Users' Satisfaction Survey (ARUSS)

We have also received the results of the February 2009 - July 2009 Area Road User Satisfaction survey (ARUSS) where some 66 people were interviewed every month between February and July.  You can view the most recent ARUSS results on our Satisfaction Surveys page.