Work on the £16 million scheme has started with installation of 36 next generation variable messaging signs between junctions 12 and 14, which can display pictures as well as words. The signs are scheduled to come on line in 2003.
The Highways Agency is involved in FIVE (the Framework for Integration of VMS in Europe) and has been working with France, Germany, Holland and other European firms to harmonise the use of so-called pictograms across Europe. The agency is also using hi-tech systems to help drivers reach major national events. For details log on to www.highways.gov.uk