Overnight closure of the M1 at Catthorpe Interchange

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THE Catthorpe Interchange on the M1 near Rugby will be closed overnight this week.

The work forms part of the ongoing scheme to replace the Catthorpe Viaduct, which carries the M6 southbound over the M1.

The next closure will be for one night on the evening of Wednesday (September 7) between 9pm and 5am to allow for construction of the bridge deck.

All work is scheduled to take place overnight when traffic flows are at their lightest to minimise disruption to motorists.

The closure will affect the whole M1 carriageway both north and southbound through junction 19, between the entry and exit slip roads.

Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place taking traffic via junction 1 of the M6 and back onto the M1.

Further closures will also take place in late September and October with dates to be confirmed.

Highways Agency project manager, Ivan Marriott said: “In order to progress the essential replacement of the Catthorpe Viaduct in the safest possible environment for both road users and the workforce, these works require full closures of the M1 carriageway. Whilst we are carrying out work overnight to reduce delays, we’d advise road users to be aware of the closures and plan their journey accordingly.”

The scheme to replace the Catthorpe Viaduct started in July 2010, and is due to be complete by Spring 2012.

Motorists can keep up to date and register for updates on the scheme website at http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/28223.aspx. Up to date travel information can also be accessed by calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000, or by following @HAtraffic_emids on Twitter.