Press release

Overnight closures at A14 in Leicestershire as improvement work progresses

Sections of the A14 joining the M1 at junction 19 in Leicestershire will be closed for two nights next week as work to improve the Catthorpe junction progresses a step further.


The closures take place on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 December between 9pm and 6am. The work is necessary to safely enable crossovers to be created in the central reserve area, facilitating the next stage of construction of the direct M6 to A14 link road.

The A14 eastbound carriageway will be closed between the M1 at junction 19 and junction 1 of the A14 overnight next Wednesday. The westbound carriageway of the A14 will be closed between junction 2 of the A14 and junction 19 of the M1 next Thursday night.

Highways Agency Project Manager, Ivan Marriott, said:

This £191 million scheme is progressing well and this latest phase is vital to allow us to start building the new link road.

The link underneath the M1 will improve the flow of traffic at Catthorpe junction by joining the M6 with the A14.

We have planned the work to take place overnight to minimise disruption to road users and advise motorists to plan their journeys, leaving extra time if necessary.

Once completed, the scheme will help boost the local economy and drivers can expect improved journey times around this busy junction.

During the closures diversions will be in place and clearly signposted. On Wednesday night traffic will be diverted on the M1 southbound to junction 15. Motorists can exit at junction 15 and join the A45, heading north to re-join the A14 at junction 13. Traffic for Kettering will be signed off the A45 onto the A43. On Thursday night this diversion route will be reversed and traffic will be directed from the A14 at junction 13 to the A45 and M1 junction 15 where it can re-join the M1 at junction 19.

Further information about the project is available on the Highways Agency’s schemes pages

General enquiries

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

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 5 December 2014