Overnight closures on the M1 near Rugby

Drivers should allow extra time for journeys
Drivers should allow extra time for journeys

Parts of the M1 near Rugby will be closed overnight for resurfacing work.

The M1 northbound will be closed between 10pm to 6am from Junction 16 for Northampton and Junction 18 for DIRFT and Rugby, each night from Monday October 27 to (and including) Saturday November 1.

Traffic will be diverted via A45 to A5 from Junction 16.

The temporary overnight road closures are needed to repair the carriageway surface in the hard shoulder of the M1 between junction 16 near Northampton and junction 18 near Rugby.

The M1 southbound will be closed between Junction 18 for DIRFT and Rugby and Junction 16 for Northampton, to allow the works to be carried out from Monday November 3 to (and including) Saturday November 8, from 10pm to 6am each night.

Traffic will be diverted via A5 to A45 Weedon from Junction 18.

For three weeks, from Monday October 27, there will be overnight lane closures from 9pm to 6am between junctions 16 and 15 of the M1 for survey works.

Brian Gash, Highways Agency senior project manager, said: “In order to make safe this stretch of road safer, we must carry out these resurfacing works now.

“We don’t take lightly the decision to close our roads, and especially one of the most important routes in the midlands, but this work is required sooner rather than later for safety reasons.

“Those using the M1 during these times are advised to leave extra time for their journeys.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”

On the M1 between junctions 15 and 19 workers will be upgrading the existing metal central reserve barrier to a more robust, safer concrete structure.

The work started in August 2014 and is due to be completed by summer 2015.

During the day three lanes of the M1 remain open to traffic in both directions, with a temporary 50mph speed limit in place for the safety of road users and road workers.

Lane three of the M1 north and southbound is closed to provide a safe working area for those building the new barrier, with the hard shoulder used as a temporary traffic lane.

The resurfacing work on sections of the hard shoulder is to ensure it remains safe for road users to use.