Press release

Planned roadworks in East Midlands: weekly summary for Monday 05 September to Sunday 11 September 2016

Planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week.

Media wanting information about Highways England’s routine maintenance projects should, in the first instance, check our website. The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 02 September but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. All our improvement work is carried out with the aim of causing as little disruption as possible.

M1 junction 32 to 35a, Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire/Yorkshire: smart motorway

Until winter 2016, there will be various restrictions in place on the M1 between junctions 32 and 35a to allow for the construction of the smart motorway. These include lane closures, speed restrictions, hard shoulder running and overnight slip road or carriageway closures.

  • on Monday 5 September, the northbound exit slip road at junction 35 will be closed overnight from 8pm until 6am
  • on Tuesday 6 September, the northbound up and over at junction 34 and the southbound up and over at junction 35 will be closed overnight from 8pm until 6am
  • on Wednesday 7 September, the northbound exit slip road at junction 35a will be closed overnight from 8pm until 6am
  • on Thursday 8 September, the southbound exit slip road at junction 35 will be closed overnight from 8pm until 6am
  • on Friday 9 September, the southbound exit slip road at junction 34 will be closed overnight from 8pm until 6am

M1 junction 19 to 16, Northamptonshire: smart motorway

On Tuesday 6 September, the northbound carriageway will be closed between junctions 16 and 18. The entry slip road at junction 16 will also be fully closed along with the M45 westbound carriageway. The exit slip road at junction 18 will also be fully closed. The entry and exit slip roads at Watford Gap Services will also be closed. Each of the closures will be taking place overnight on 6 September from 9pm until 6am. Diversions will be clearly signposted.

On Wednesday 7 September, the southbound carriageway will be fully closed between junctions 18 and 16 and the entry slip road at junction 18 will also be closed. Elsewhere, the M45 eastbound carriageway will be closed and the exit slip road at junction 16 will also be fully closed. The entry and exit slip roads at Watford Gap Services will also be closed. Each of the closures will be taking place overnight on 7 September from 9pm until 6am. Diversions will be clearly signposted.

M1 junction 19, Leicestershire: road improvement scheme

On Monday 5 September, the M6 northbound will be closed as far as junction 1 and the M6 southbound will also be closed from junction 1 along with the slip road for A14 traffic. Elsewhere, lane two of the A14 westbound and the A14 to the M6 northbound link road will be closed along with lane one of the M1 northbound and M1 to M6 northbound link road. The closures will take place overnight from 9pm until 6am.

Diversion routes: A14 to M6 northbound traffic will be diverted north up the M1 to junction 20, then head south-west down the A426 and join the M6 at junction 1. The M1 to M6 northbound traffic will continue north up the M1 to junction 20, head south-west down the A426 and join the M6 at junction 1. M6 northbound traffic will continue north up the M1 to junction 20, head south-west down the A426 and join the M6 at junction 1. M6 Southbound traffic will exit at junction one, head north-east up the A426 and join the M1 at junction 20; traffic for the M1 southbound will travel north-east up the A426 as far as Gibbet Hill roundabout and then travel south on the A5 to join the M1 at junction 18.

On Thursday 8 September, the M6 southbound from junction one (slip road will remain open for A14 traffic) and the M1 southbound from junction 20 will be closed along with lane one of the M6 northbound.

Diversion routes: The M6 to M1 southbound traffic will exit at junction one, head north-east up the A426 to Gibbet Hill roundabout and then travel south on the A5 to join the M1 at junction 18. M1 southbound traffic will exit at junction 20 and head south-west down to the A426 to Gibbet Hill roundabout. Traffic heading towards the A14 will continue down the A426 to junction one of the M6.

A43 – Abthorpe roundabout, Northamptonshire: improvement scheme

There will be a lane two closure on both the northbound and southbound carriageway along with reduced lane capacity on the roundabout itself from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

A42, Leicestershire: carriageway repairs

Work will be taking place on the A42 from junction 13 (Ashby-de-la-Zouch) to the M1 junction at 23a (Castle Donington and the East Midlands Airport).

To complete the scheme, full carriageway closures will be required along with slip roads, with the following working hours:

  • from 21:00 to 06:00 on weeknights (Monday to Friday)
  • from 21:00 on Friday to 12:00 on Saturday and from 20:00 on Saturday evening through to 12:00 on Sunday for extended overnight shifts

In addition, there will also be two full weekend closures of the southbound carriageway from 16 September to 19 September and again from 30 September to 3 October. The closure will be in place from 9pm to 6am each day from Friday evening until Monday morning.

As part of the scheme, laybys along the work area will be fully closed, 24-hours-day, during the project. This will help maintain safety and prevent parked vehicles causing disruption to the work programme.

General enquiries

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