The widening announcement was made by Roads Minister Stephen Ladyman on 8/1/07 here:
http://www.gnn. gov.uk/Content/ Detail.asp?
The £340 million contract was awarded to MVM, a joint venture groups made up of Vinci, Sir Robert McAlpine, Morgan Est, Gifford and WSP.
The £340 million widening of the 23 mile stretch works out at just under £15 million a mile for just one extra lane.
The M1 widening from junction 6-13, and 21-42 is opposed by the No Widening M1 Alliance.
See http://www.nowideningm1.org. uk/ . The full total of all the M1 widening contracts is over £33.7 billion.
ADDITIONAL FACT : We will resist this widening, and all the other widenings from Luton to Leeds....polar bears not traffic jams!