Closures planned at Catthorpe interchange

The work on Catthorpe interchange is costing �190 million
The work on Catthorpe interchange is costing �190 million

There will be two overnight closures as part of the Highways Agency’s M1 Junction 19 improvement at Catthorpe in the coming week.

Tonight (Thursday April 24) the M1 northbound entry slip road from the A14 will also be closed from 9pm to 6am for the installation of temporary barriers. Traffic will be diverted via the M6 westbound to junction 1 onto the A426 northbound to A4303 eastbound to junction 20 of the M1.

On the night of Thursday May 1 the M6 westbound carriageway will be closed between the M1 junction 19 to M6 junction 1 for survey work. The closure takes place from 9pm to 6am.

Traffic will be diverted via the M1 northbound to junction 20, the A4303 and A426 to join the M6 at junction 1.

Highways Agency project manager Ivan Marriott said: “This work can only be done safely with complete closures. We will minimise delays by carrying out the work at night but advise motorists to allow extra time for their journeys on these dates.”

The M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme started in January. The £190.7 million project is aimed at reducing congestion and improve journey time reliability and safety by replacing the existing junction with a three-level junction and improving roads between the villages of Catthorpe and Swinford so local traffic can avoid the junction.

Around 142,000 vehicles a day pass through the Catthorpe junction but the current layout of the junction makes it difficult to meet demand, leading to congestion, delays and impacting on safety, according to the Highways Agency.

The M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme will provide the following direct free-flow links:

A14 to M1 northbound;

M1 southbound to A14;

M6 to A14 in both directions;

M6 to M1 southbound; and

M1 northbound to M6

The M1 will remain on its current alignment. 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.

urther information about the project is available on the scheme’s website: