Roads Minister announces January start for improvement work to notorious Catthorpe Interchange

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Work on the M1 Junction 19 improvement scheme at Catthorpe will start in January, Roads Minster Robert Goodwill has announced.

The £190.7 million scheme will reduce 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.

Mr Goodwill said: “The 142,000 vehicles that pass through Catthorpe junction every day demonstrate how important this route is.

“However, the current layout of Catthorpe is unable to meet this demand, giving rise to congestion, delays, accidents and conflict between local and longer-distance traffic. Without improvement these problems will get worse.

“I am delighted to announce that construction will start in January, showing our commitment to deliver much need improvements to England’s infrastructure.”

The Highways Agency is holding public information exhibitions at Swinford Village Hall, Chapel Street, Swinford, LE17 6AZ on Friday January 10 from 2pm to 8pm and on Saturday January 11 from 10am to 4pm for people to find out more about the scheme.

Visitors will be able to view detailed plans, find out more about the roadworks and how they can get journey planning advice during construction. The Highways Agency’s project team, contractor Skanska and scheme designer Jacobs will be on hand to provide more information and answer questions.

Ivan Marriott, Highways Agency project manager said: “These public exhibitions will be a chance for residents, businesses and road-users to find out what they can expect during construction and what benefits the scheme will bring once complete. We welcome the opportunity to tell people more about our scheme and answer any questions they may have.”

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.

For those not able to attend the exhibitions, they can find out more about the project by visiting the scheme’s website where they can sign up for free email alerts, or by calling the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.