Further overnight closures of the M1 at Catthorpe Interchange

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THE Highways Agency is advising motorists of two forthcoming overnight closures of the M1 at the Catthorpe Interchange near Rugby.

The work forms part of the ongoing scheme to replace the Catthorpe Viaduct, which carries the M6 southbound over the M1.

The next closure will be tonight (Wednesday) 9pm and 5.00am to allow for construction of the bridge deck.

The second closure to allow for a new contraflow to be installed will occur between 9pm and 6am on the evening of Wednesday, 28 September.

All work is scheduled to take place overnight when traffic flows are at their lightest to minimise disruption to road users. Both closures will affect the whole M1 carriageway both north and southbound through junction 19, between the entry and exit slip roads. Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place taking traffic via junction 1 of the M6 and back onto the M1.

Further closures will also take place in October with dates to be confirmed.

Highways Agency project manager, Ivan Marriott said: “In order to progress the essential replacement of the Catthorpe Viaduct in the safest possible environment for both road users and the workforce, these works require full closures of the M1 carriageway. Whilst we are carrying out work overnight to reduce delays, we’d advise road users to be aware of the closures and plan their journey accordingly.”

The scheme to replace the Catthorpe Viaduct started in July 2010, and is due to be complete by Spring 2012.

Motorists can keep up to date and register for updates on the scheme website at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/28223.aspx.

Up to date travel information can also be accessed by calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000, or by following @HAtraffic_emids on Twitter.