Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
1:30 PM 5th April 2020

Essential Work On M18 In South Yorkshire

Drivers who have to make essential journeys on the M18 in South Yorkshire are being advised of work which may affect them.

Highways England is replacing 1,355 metres of vital safety barrier on the link road between the M1 and M18. It is also putting in place new traffic signs and adding 480 metres of new drains and gullies in flooding problem areas. Work started this week.

Elsewhere on the M18 there will be drainage repairs in the hard shoulder and carriageway between junctions 2 and 3 near Doncaster, again to prevent flooding.

To carry out all these improvements safely and with minimum disruption Highways England will use a variety of roadworks layouts at different times, including full overnight and weekend closures, and hard shoulder and lane closures.

During the day the carriageway will be open as normal. Signs informing drivers of upcoming closures will help people to plan their journeys.

Highways England project manager Richard Burgess said:

“The steel barrier, along with the other improvements we are making, will provide safer journeys for people using the M18.

“This latest phase of work demonstrates our commitment to delivering safer conditions and smoother journeys.”

The work is part of a programme of critical enhancements along the route which started last year and has already seen:

Renewal of barriers on the slip road at junctions 4 and 5
Resurfacing at junctions 3 and 4 and Ings roundabout
Replacement of safety fencing between junctions 5 and 7
Renewal and installation of new and existing verge safety barriers on the M1/M18 southbound link road
Replaced the joints on Wadworth Bridge and started work on joints replacement at Loversall Car railway bridge

The southbound M18 and M1 northbound link road will be closed from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 April (9pm to 6am), as will the southbound M18 junction 3 entry slip road from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 April.

The work is being carried out in accordance with the Public Health England and industry guidance.

For the latest updates on closures check the @HighwaysYORKS Twitter feed or visit To discuss the scheme, visit or contact Highways England on 0300 123 5000 or