Highways Agency advises of Catthorpe Interchange closures

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THE Catthorpe Interchange on the M1 near Rugby will be closed for a number of nights over the new few months.

The Highways Agency is advising road users of a series of overnight closures at junction 19 which forms part of the ongoing scheme to replace the Catthorpe Viaduct, which carries the M6 southbound over the M1.

The next closure will be for one night and will take place this evening (Tuesday) between 9pm and 5am tomorrow (Wednesday) to allow for concrete pouring to take place to form the new bridge.

All work is scheduled to take place overnight when traffic flows are at their lightest to minimise disruption to road users.

The closure 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 September and 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 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.