Press release

Overnight weekend closures for M1 bridge maintenance

Road users are being advised to plan their journeys in advance, following the start of a major bridge maintenance programme on the M1 which will help to improve journeys.


From next week (Friday 15 August) a series of planned weekend overnight closures are required to undertake water proofing to nine bridges on the M1, between junctions 39 and 42. The work is due to be completed by November 2015.

The Highways Agency is taking the opportunity to carry out this maintenance whilst long term road works are already in place, for the construction of the M1 junction 39 - 42 smart motorway scheme.

David Pilsworth, Highways Agency Project Manager, said:

With the smart motorway scheme taking place, it makes sense to also start the bridge maintenance water proofing now, which will improve the quality of the driver experience on the M1. As both programmes will be taking place at the same time it will reduce the overall disruption to the public.

To do this work safely, overnight weekend closures are necessary, with work taking place when traffic flows are at their lowest, causing minimal interruption to driver’s journeys.

All closures are planned to start at 8pm. Well sign posted diversion routes will be in place and a clear diversion route map can be found on the Highways Agency website.

Details of the weekend overnight closures are as follows:

  • Junction 39: 15 August 2014–15 September 2014
  • Junction 39-40: 20 September 2014–2 March 2015
  • Junction 41-42: 7 March 2015–27 April 2015

  • Junction 39: 9 May 2015–29 June 2015
  • Junction 39-40: 4 July 2015–12 October 2015
  • Junction 41-42: 17 October 2015–24 November 2015

The motorway would close:

  • Friday 8pm until Saturday 8am
  • Saturday 8pm until Sunday 9am
  • Sunday 8pm until Monday 6am

Real-time traffic information is available from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000, or from 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 8 August 2014