Motorists are being warned about delays on the M1 and M6 as major construction work begins at the one of the country’s worst accident blackspots.
Last Monday work also started on improvements to the A45 Tolbar roundabout, which could also disrupt Rugby motorists. Work at Catthorpe should improve the junction by increasing traffic flow with around £190m-worth of improvements.
According to the Highways Agency a series of overnight closures are now in place on either the M1 or M6 at the Catthorpe interchange while work on the A45/A46 Tollbar improvement swill mean with narrow lanes and a 40mph speedlimit and some off-peak road closures.
Highways Agency senior project manager Paul Unwin said: “In order to bring about the improvements some disruption isinevitable. We advise road users to plan their journeys and allow extra time if travelling in either or all of these areas. More than 142,000 vehicles a day pass through the Catthorpe junction. The existing layout gives rise to congestion, accidents, conflicts between local and longer distance traffic and barriers to pedestrian, cyclist and horse rider movements.
“The improvement scheme will relieve congestion, improve journey time reliability and road safety, separate local traffic from long distance vehicles and improve accessibility for pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists.”
The M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme will provide the following direct links between the A14 to M1 northbound, M1 southbound to A14, M6 to A14 in both directions, M6 to M1 southbound and M1 northbound to M6.
Improvements to the Local Road Network will include a new link between Rugby Road and Shawell Lane north of the M6; a local route under the junction between Swinford and Catthorpe; and improvements to Shawell Lane/Catthorpe Lane, between Catthorpe Road and the M6 to the east and towards the A5 to the west.
Public information exhibitions for the scheme take place at Swinford Village Hall tomorrow (Friday January 10)from 2pm to 8pm and on Saturday between 10am to 4pm for people to find out more about the scheme.