Motorway closures lifted following the demolition of Catthorpe Viaduct

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SECTIONS of the M1 and M6 motorways around Catthorpe Interchange near Rugby have now fully re-opened following the demolition of the old Catthorpe Viaduct.

The M6 re-opened at 9am this morning yesterday (Sunday), three hours earlier than anticipated, the M1 northbound re-opened shortly before midday and the motorway fully re-opened to traffic at 12.30pm.

With the old viaduct reaching the end of its working life a new bridge has been constructed, which meant the old 85 metre long, 3,500 tonne bridge had to be taken down for safety reasons.

The scheme to replace the Catthorpe Viaduct began in July 2010 and is due to be completed by Spring 2012.

For more on this story and pictures see the Rugby Advertiser on Thursday.