Advance work to start on improvements to notorious Catthorpe Interchange

HA0428. March 2008. M1 Slip road, near Swinford, Rugby, Warwickshire
HA0428. March 2008. M1 Slip road, near Swinford, Rugby, Warwickshire

Advance work is to start on the M1 Junction 19 Catthorpe improvement near Rugby next month.

Archaeological investigations, site clearance, installation of boundary fencing and construction of the site compound and access to it will all be taking place in the run-up to Christmas ahead of full construction starting in the New Year.

As part of the advance works a number of public footpaths and bridleways around the Catthorpe interchange will be diverted from Thursday November 7. All diversions will be signed and will be in place initially for six months.

None of the advance work will affect motorists.

Highways Agency project manager Ivan Marriott said: “The start of advance works is a major milestone for the project and brings the start of full construction another step closer, which we know will be welcomed by many.

“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.”

People can find out more about the improvement and sign up for free email updates by visiting the scheme’s website here { or by calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000|CATTHOPRE}

Public information exhibitions are planned to take place in the New Year. These will be publicised nearer the time.