Road closures around Catthorpe begin this weekend

The works are designed to improve traffic flow

The works are designed to improve traffic flow

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Overnight closures of the westbound carriageway between the western roundabout of the A14 and M6 entry slip road at M1 junction 19 will take place from this weekend, as part of the Highways Agency’s ongoing project to improve the M1 at junction 19 in Leicestershire.

Local access between the villages of Swinford and Catthorpe will be affected by the closures, which are necessary to safely lift steel beams as part of the construction of a new motorway viaduct.

Work will take place between 9pm and 6am from Sunday into Monday and during the same hours next Thursday. Further closures will then take place the week after next – from 9pm to 6am on Wednesday 10, Thursday 11 and Friday February 12. During these times the road will be closed and traffic will be diverted to the M1 northbound at junction 19. Road users can then exit at junction 20 onto the A4303 westbound before heading south on the A5 and then A426 to join junction 1 of the M6.

Highways Agency project manager Ivan Marriott said: “This scheme to link the M6 and A14 will greatly improve the flow of traffic at Catthorpe junction.”