Press release

Weekly summary of planned roadworks in the East Midlands

Weekly summary of planned roadworks in the East Midlands for Monday 23 to Sunday 1 March

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The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of 20 February 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 15 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.

Monday 23 February to 30 March: There will be various hardshoulder closures and overnight lane closure for resurfacing, installation of speed cameras between J15-16

Saturday 21 February will be a full overnight closure of the northbound carriageway between junctions 16 and 18 to allow for resurfacing.

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 16 February to 31 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:

  • Monday 23 February: M1 J34 northbound and J30 southbound entry slip roads
  • Tuesday 24 February: M1 J34 northbound and J30 southbound entry slip roads
  • Wednesday 25 February: M1 J34 northbound and J30 southbound entry slip roads
  • Thursday 26 February: M1 J35 northbound and J30 southbound entry slip roads
  • Friday 27 February: M1 J35 northbound and J30 southbound entry slip roads
  • Saturday 28 February: M1 J30 northbound entry slip road
  • Sunday 1 March: M1 J31 northbound exit slip road

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.

M45 Dunchurch to M1 J17, Northamptonshire: carriageway repairs

From 9 February to 20 May there will be a number of restrictions on the eastbound carriageway including overnight carriageway closures from 8pm to 6am, or 24/7 closures of the hard shoulder and lane one with a 50mph speed limit. During full closures traffic will be diverted via the A45 to Daventry and Weedon to join the M1 at J16.

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 number of overnight closures will be taking place until April 2015. Please note these are provisional dates and are subject to change.

Planned closures on the westbound carriageway between J9 and J7 from 8pm Saturday 21 February until 8am Sunday 22 February.

Planned closures on the eastbound carriageway between J7 and J9 from 8pm Sunday 22 February until 6am Monday 23 February.

Drivers are asked to follow the signed diversion routes during these closures. Please do not use SatNavs when following the diversion.

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.

A14 J6-4, Northamptonshire: carriageway repairs

From 9 to 19 February the westbound exit and entry slip roads at junction 5 (and lane one of the main westbound carriageway will be closed overnight from 9pm to 6am. Laybys will be closed 24/7 from 9.30am on 9 February. Westbound traffic wanting to leave at junction 5 will be diverted to junction 4 where it will turn round and return to junction 5 on the eastbound carriageway. Traffic wanting to join the A14 westbound at junction 5 will instead be diverted eastbound to junction 7 where it can then join the westbound carriageway.

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.

A45 Wellingborough, Northamptonshire: carriageway repairs

From 9 to 15 February the southbound carriageway will be closed overnight from 8pm to 6am between Skew Bridge and Little Irchester. Traffic will be diverted along the A6 to Irthlingborouygh, the A509, A4500 and A509 to rejoin the A45 at Wilby Way.

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 Friday 13 February, for a period of 8 weeks, the Green Lane junction will become left turn in only in order to allow the contractor to carry out full depth construction works on the north side of the junction. For those wishing to turn right onto Green Lane during this time, please continue down to Farnborough Junction and return towards Green Lane on the westbound carriageway.

Urban Section closure:

  • 23 February between 11.30pm- 5am: A453 eastbound between Farnborough Road Junction and Silverdale Roundabout will be closed
  • 24 February between 11.30pm to 5am A453 westbound between Silverdale Roundabout and Farnborough Road Junction will be closed

Rural Section closures:

25 February to 27 February the A453 will be closed in both directions at night times between M1 Junction 24 and the East Midlands Parkway Junction.

M1 junction 24/A50 Approach Economy Scheme

Overnight between 25 February and 27 February 27 February at 9:00pm both day and night; there will be some restricted traffic flow at M1 Junction 24 roundabout and its approaches.

During the daytime on Saturday 28 February and Sunday 1 March, the following will be closed:

  • M1 South exit slip road
  • M1 North entry slip road
  • Junction 24 north bridge
  • A453 eastbound east of Junction 24 to Parkway Junction

Diversions will be in place as follows:

  • A50 to Parkway Station - Junction 24A north to Junction 25 and A52 via QMC to A453 and west on A453 to Parkway.
  • Northbound traffic to Parkway Station (A453 and M1) – continue on M1 to Junction 25 and A52 via QMC to A453 and west on A453 to Parkway.
  • M1 southbound to the airport – leave M1 Junction 24A, take the A50 Eastbound, use the cut through and join the A453 southbound to the airport.
  • M1 southbound traffic to Parkway Station– leave at Junction 25 and A52 via QMC to A453 and west on A453 to Parkway.

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 www.highways.gov.uk/traffic.

For details of all other lane closures and other traffic management visit the journey impact section of the scheme website at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/m1-j24-a50-approach-economy/.

General enquiries

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Published 20 February 2015