Press release

Overnight closures of the M6 at Catthorpe, Leicestershire

Road users are advised that there will be three overnight closures of the M6 at its junction with the M1 junction 19 at Catthorpe within the next week as part of the Highways Agency’s ongoing improvement scheme.


The M6 westbound link from the M1 at Junction 19 and the M6 westbound entry slip road from the A14 will be closed from 8pm on Saturday 22 March to 8am the following morning.

Traffic will be diverted via the M1 northbound to junction 20, the A4303 and A426 to join the M6 at junction 1.

On the nights of Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 March, from 9pm to 6am each night, the M6 southbound from junction 1 to M1 junction 19, including the M6 to A14 exit slip road will be closed. However if the work can be completed in one night the closure on 27 March will not be needed.

Traffic will be diverted from M6 junction 1, to the A426, A5, and A4303 to junction 20 of the M1 and then south on the M1 to junction 19.

Ivan Marriott, Highways Agency project manager said:

These closures are necessary in order for us to change the traffic management needed for the next part of the scheme. This can only be done safely by closing the affected carriageways at junction 19.

This will have an impact on journey times so we would advise motorists to allow extra time for their journeys on these dates.

The M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme will provide the following direct free-flow links:

  • A14 to M1 northbound
  • M1 southbound to A14
  • M6 to A14 in both directions
  • M6 to M1 southbound
  • M1 northbound to M6

The M1 will remain on its current alignment. Improvements to the Local Road Network will include:

  • a new link between Rugby Road and Shawell Lane north of the M6
  • a local route under the junction between Swinford and Catthorpe
  • improvements to Shawell Lane/Catthorpe Lane, between Catthorpe Road and the M6 to the east and towards the A5 to the west.

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

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 19 March 2014