Press release

Planned roadworks in the East Midlands: Weekly summary for Monday 2 to Sunday 8 February

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 30 January 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 16 to 19, Northamptonshire: Central reserve work

From 4 August to summer 2015 there will be various restrictions in place to allow for the construction of a reinforced concrete barrier in the central reserve. These include speed restrictions, narrow lanes and hard shoulder running. From 9pm on Saturday 7 February to 6am the following morning there will be a full closure of the northbound carriageway between junctions 17 and 16 as well as lane closures on the M45 to M1 southbound.

M1 junction 19 at Catthorpe, Leicestershire: Major improvement works

Between now and autumn 2016 there will be various hard shoulder, lane or carriageway closures while the new junction is built.

M1 Junction 21, Leicester: bridge construction

From 19 January to 1 March there will be overnight carriageway or lane closures on either or both carriageways from 8pm to 8am.

M1 J24-25, Leicestershire/Derbyshire: lining

From 31 January to 1 March there will be either slip road closures, carriageway closures or lane closures on the northbound carriageway overnight from 10pm to 6am.

M1 junction 28 to 31 and 32 to 35a, Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire/Yorkshire: Smart Motorway

Until Winter 2016 there will be various restrictions in place on the M1 between junctions 28 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.

Until March 2015 there will be various restrictions in place on the M18 between junction 0 and 2. These include lane closures, speed restrictions, hard shoulder running and overnight slip road or carriageway closures.

This week the following full overnight closures will be in place:

  • M1 J31 northbound exit slip road will be closed for five nights from Monday 2 February
  • M1 J32 northbound exist slip road will be closed on the night of Sunday 8 February

M45 between J1 and M1 J17, Northamptonshire/Warwickshire: barrier installation

From 11 December 2014 to March 2015 barrier installation will be carried out. The westbound carriageway will be closed overnight, from 8pm to 6am on 13 November. Two further closures will take place in 2015. At all other times there will be closures of lane one and the hard shoulder. Traffic will be diverted from the M1 j16 along the A45 around Daventry to rejoin the M45 at J1.

A1 Elkesley, Nottinghamshire: Junction improvement

Between now and September 2015 various restrictions will be in place including lane closures, carriageway closures, narrow lanes and a 40mph speed limit

A5 Caldecote, Warwickshire: Junction improvement

From 16 February 2014 to 31 March 2015 lane closures and two way traffic signals will be in place while the junction is improved.

A14 J11 to 13, Northamptonshire: survey work

Between 26 January and 13 February there will be overnight lane closures on either or both carriageways between 8pm and 6am.

A14 junction 7-9 Kettering Bypass, Northamptonshire: Widening

A westbound contra-flow system is now in place on the eastbound carriageway and fully operational 24 hours a day. The contra-flow system includes temporary steel barriers to protect motorists and the workforce, and reductions in lane widths. Due to safety and recovery restrictions, drivers of HGV vehicles are required to use lane 1 only on both the eastbound and westbound carriageways. Any other types of through traffic not wishing to come off at junctions 7, 8 or 9 we encourage you to use the contra-flow lane to ease congestion. A free vehicle recovery service is also in place and drivers are advised to remain in their vehicle until assistance arrives. A 24-hour 40mph speed limit is being enforced by average speed cameras. The new Lane 1 on the eastbound carriageway is now in use however, please note that the 40mph speed limit will remain in place until the end of the scheme to protect road users and road workers as they complete remaining work on the westbound carriageway.

A number of overnight closures will be taking place until April 2015. Please note these are provisional dates and are subject to change. Please check for the most up to date information.

This week the eastbound carriageway will be closed for five nights from Monday 2 February for cable installation. Closures will take place Monday to Thursday 8pm to 6am, Friday 8pm to 8am, Saturday 8pm to 9am and Sunday 8pm to 6am.

Drivers are asked to follow the signed diversion routes during these closures. Please do not use Satellite Navigation (Sat Nav) when following the diversion.

A38 Markeaton Island, Derby: junction improvements

Work continues on the junction improvement. 24/7 speed restrictions and overnight lane closures are in place

A43 Padbury Roundabout to Ardley Roundabout, Oxfordshire: Improvement scheme

From 27 October to 20 March 2015 there will be various overnight lane and carriageway closures in place on both carriageways from 8pm to 6am.

A45 Great Doddington, Northamptonshire: resurfacing

From 19 January to 11 February the westbound carriageway will be closed between Wilby roundabout and Earls Barton from 8pm to 6am.

A52 Bramcote Roundabout, Nottinghamshire: horticultural work

From 12 January to 17 February there will be a number of overnight restrictions including lane closures on the roundabout and all its approaches. The cut through that goes through the centre of the roundabout will be closed with traffic diverted around the roundabout instead.

A52 Silverdale, Nottingham: electrical repairs

The A453 southbound entry slip road off the A52 near Silverdale will be closed from 9pm on 3 February to 6am the following morning. Diversions will be signed.

A453 widening from M1 junction 24 to A52: Major improvement work

Only full carriageway closures requiring diversions and daytime traffic management are listed in detail. There will be various traffic light controlled lane closures throughout the remainder of the scheme.

The Sunninghill Drive-A453 access and Glapton Lane-A453 access remains closed 24/7

From 9pm on 1 February to 5am the following morning the A453 will be closed between M1 J24 at Parkway.

From Friday 13 February, for eight weeks, the Green Lane-A453 access will become left turn in/ left turn out only in order to allow the contractor to carry out construction works on the north side of the junction. For those wishing to turn right into Green Lane during this time, please continue down to Farnborough Junction and return towards Green Lane on the westbound carriageway. In advance of these works, on the nights of 10, 11 and 12 February, the Green Lane junction will be fully closed.

M1 junction 24/A50 Approach Economy Scheme

During January and February 2015, the A50 eastbound will be closed at night (8:00pm to 6:00am), Monday to Friday between M1 Junction 24A and Junction 24 commencing on 12th January 2015. The diversion route for traffic traveling from the A50 Eastbound wishing to access Junction 24 will be via M1 Junction 24A and Junction 25. Access to the airport from the A50 will be via M1 Junction 24A, Junction 25, and Junction 24.

Customers travelling to and from East Midlands Airport should allow extra time for their journeys during this work, particularly if they have a flight to catch. For real time traffic information visit

From 2 to 6 February the A50 eastbound will be closed overnight between M1 J24 and J24a as will the M1 J24 northbound exit slip road and the A453 southbound between M1 J24 and the services near the airport

For details of all other lane closures and other traffic management visit the journey impact section of the scheme website.

General enquiries

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

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Published 30 January 2015