Press release

Road users advised of further closures as part of M1 Junction 19 improvement at Catthorpe, Leicestershire

Shawell Lane and Catthorpe Road near Lutterworth will be closed for 12 weeks from Monday, 16 June as part of the Highways Agency’s ongoing project to improve the M1 at junction 19, Leicestershire.


The work will be carried out in three phases, each lasting four weeks. The first phase will see the section from the junction to the A5 to Catthorpe Road closed followed by the section from Catthorpe Road to Shawell Lane. The third and final phase will see Shawell Lane closed from mid-August.

Access to properties will be maintained.

From Monday 23 June there will be a series of overnight closures on either the M1, A14 or M6.

The M1 northbound will be shut between the exit and entry slip roads at junction 19 from 9pm on Monday 23 June to 6am the following morning.

Traffic will be diverted via the M6 northbound to Junction 1, return on the M6 southbound to the exit slip road at Catthorpe, around the A14 roundabouts and back on to the M1 northbound via the entry slip road.

On Thursday 26 June the M6 southbound exit slip road to the A14 will be closed from 9pm to 6am. Traffic will be diverted off the M6 at junction 1 and along the A426 and A4303 to the M1 at junction 20 where it can join the southbound carriageway to junction 19.

Highways Agency Project Manager Ivan Marriott said:

Work on the scheme is progressing well. The closures of Shawell Lane and Catthorpe Road will enable us to start improving the local road network which will ultimately eliminate the need for traffic from the surrounding community to use the motorway junction to travel between villages.

During the first phase of the closures traffic will be diverted along the A5 northbound to Gibbett roundabout, turning right into Gibbet Lane.

We advise road users to allow extra time for their journeys during construction.

Further information about the project is available on the scheme pages 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 12 June 2014