Overnight closures of the M6 and M1 at Catthorpe Interchange near Rugby during January

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THE Highways Agency is warning motorists that sections of the M1 and M6 at Catthorpe Interchange will be affected by a series of overnight closures during January.

The closures, which will allow for continued work on the Catthorpe Viaduct replacement scheme and for improvements to the River Avon Viaduct, will be as follows:

The M6 southbound will be closed overnight from the A14 off slip to the M1 on the evenings of Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Friday 27 January to allow for lighting columns to be installed on the new Catthorpe Viaduct. The A14 off slip will remain open. M6 traffic destined for M1 southbound will follow a signed diversion from M6 junction 1 onto the A426 north to the A5 from which it will join the M1 southbound at junction 18.

The M1 northbound will be closed from the exit road for the M6 northbound through to junction 19 on the evenings of Saturday 14 to Monday 23 January (excluding Sunday nights), from Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 January, and on Monday 30 January. A signed diversion route will take traffic via junction 1 of the M6.

Works are taking place overnight in order to minimise disruption to the travelling public, and in both instances will be in place at the following times:

Monday to Thursday nights: 9.00pm to 6.00am

Friday nights: 10.00pm to 8.00am

Saturday nights: 8.00pm to 8.00am

There will be no closures on Sunday nights.

Highways Agency project manager, Ivan Marriott said: “I would like to thank road users again for their patience over the weekend (6 to 8 January) while we demolished the old Catthorpe viaduct. The demolition went well, and was a major milestone for the project team, but work to complete the viaduct replacement continues.

“These overnight closures are necessary for us to meet the spring 2012 completion date, therefore we ask for the public’s continued patience.

“In order to minimise inconvenience for road users, the Highways Agency will also be carrying out maintenance work on the River Avon viaduct. Carrying out both sets of work together minimises the number of closures needed for each scheme.”

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

Road users are advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time for their journeys should they be using the junction while the overnight closures are in place. Road users 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 visiting www.highways.gov.uk/traffic, by calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000, or by following @HAtraffic_emids on Twitter.