Press release

Overnight closures as part of M1 junction 19 improvement at Catthorpe, Leicestershire

Overnight closures of the westbound carriageway between the western roundabout of the A14 and M6 entry slip road at M1 junction 19 will take place from this weekend, as part of the Highways Agency's ongoing project to improve the M1 at junction 19 in Leicestershire.

Local access between the villages of Swinford and Catthorpe will be affected by the closures, which are necessary to safely lift steel beams as part of the construction of a new motorway viaduct.

Work will take place between 9pm and 6am on Sunday (1 February) and during the same hours next Thursday (5 February). Further closures will then take place the week after next – from 9pm to 6am on Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 and Friday 12 February.

During these times the road will be closed and traffic will be diverted to the M1 northbound at junction 19. Road users can then exit at junction 20 onto the A4303 westbound before heading south on the A5 and then A426to join junction 1 of the M6.

Highways Agency Project Manager Ivan Marriott, said:

This important scheme to link the M6 and A14 will greatly improve the flow of traffic at Catthorpe junction, and work has been progressing to create a new direct link underneath the M1.

We are undertaking this work overnight to minimise disruption to road users. The closures are necessary to allow our workers to safely lift large, heavy steel beams into place.

A diversion route will be in place and clearly signposted and I advise road users to plan their journeys, leaving extra time if necessary.

Contingency closures for 2, 6 and 13 February are planned in case the work over-runs, for example due to severe weather. Further information about the project is available on the scheme’s pages on the Highways Agency’s website.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

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