M1 Junction 19 Improvement SchemeRecently updated

Improvements to junction 19 of the M1 motorway and related sections of the M6 motorway and A14 trunk road

Region:  East Midlands
Start date:  January 2014
Cost:  £191 million
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  By end Dec 2016
Programme:  

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Progress report

The last phase of the improvement scheme, the local link road, was opened to traffic on 22 December 2016. The motorway links are now running at 70mph with the exception of the M1 southbound and part of the M6 to M1 southbound link road, which have been kept at 50mph as part of the ongoing M1 Junctions 19-16 Smart Motorway works.

We are grateful for your patience throughout the construction phase.

What next?

We will continue work in the M1 corridor in connection with the upgrade of M1 Junctions 19-16 to a smart motorway.

Timeline

Feasibility study commences into improvements to the junction Dec 2000
Public Consultation on a number of junction options June 2002
Preferred Route announced by the Minister of State Feb 2003
Public Information Exhibition to present Local Road Network options July 2004
Contract awarded to Skanska/Jacobs for planning, design, management and construction 2005
Further options identified 2006-08
Public Consultation of three junction options and three local road network options June 2008
Preferred Route announced Feb 2009
Draft Orders and environmental statement published Feb 2010
Exhibitions held at Lilbourne and Swinford March 2010
Statutory process postponed June 2010
Government announce scheme to commence construction 2013-14 March 2012
Statutory process recommenced October 2012
Public inquiry held March 2013
Secretary of State decision announced July 2013
Orders made August 2013
Start of works Public Information Exhibtion January 2014
Start of works January 2014
Shawell Lane/A5 open November 2014
Original M6 southbound Bridge demolition March 2015
Close local Catthorpe-Swinford link road September 2015
M6 to M1 realigned over Catthorpe Viaduct September 2015
A14 westbound to M6 on temporary alignment open October 2015
A14 to M1 northbound open December 2015
M6-A14 free-flow links open in both directions February 2016
M1 to M6 free-flow link open over new bridge July 2016
Closure of Rugby Road July 2016
M1 to A14 free-flow link open over new bridge Summer 2016
A14 to M6 westbound carriageway opened August 2016
All free-flow routes complete Autumn 2016
Local link road open December 2016
Project completion December 2016

Community news

For many years, the Air Ambulance has had to attend severe road traffic collisions at the junction. The charity does not receive any government funding so our project team has adopted this charity for our fundraising efforts. Each flight costs approx. £1300 and the project team has raised over £5000 for the Air Ambulance Service by:
  • donating £1 for every health, safety and environment observation card submitted on site
  • hosting charity challenges and events to celebrate key project milestones
  • arranging site visits (the project has welcomed over 500 visitors)
Meanwhile in Swinford we have donated cones to All Saints’ Church so they can control access when there are events taking place.

Why we need this scheme

Over 142,000 vehicles pass through this junction daily. The original junction 19 on the M1 gave rise to the following problems:
  • congestion, delays and long queues
  • accidents
  • conflicts between local and longer distance traffic
  • barriers to pedestrian, cyclist and horse rider movements
Without improvement, these problems would have become worse.

The scheme in detail

The improved junction 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
  • M1 northbound to M6

Swinford Road closed 13 September 2015

On 13 September 2015 the Swinford Road in Catthorpe closed at its present junction with the Catthorpe Interchange. There is no longer access to the M6, M1 or A14 from Catthorpe at the junction 19 interchange so you’ll need to choose an alternative route. We’ll reconnect the east-west link between the villages of Catthorpe and Swinford once we complete the new local road. Constructing new bridges to separate the local road from long distance traffic is complex, so the new local road will be open late Autumn 2016.

M6 southbound layout and local access changes

As of 13 February 2016 you can no longer access local roads from the M6 at Catthorpe Interchange. Local traffic should leave the M6 southbound at junction 1. We have changed lane priorities accordingly:
  • M6-M1 southbound traffic to use lanes 1 and 2 (of 3)
  • M6-A14 eastbound traffic to use lane 3 (of 3)

Rugby Road closed from 7 July 2016

We fully closed Rugby Road on 7 July 2016 in both directions. We have also cut off access to the A14 via Rugby Road. Until the new local link road opens in Autumn 2016, access to Catthorpe and the A5 will be via other local roads.  Local traffic heading to Swinford should use alternative routes via M1 junction 20, M6 junction 1 and A14 junction 1. We kept this access open for as long as possible, but now need to close the road to construct a new section of the local link road and start work on the adjacent pond.

Bridge demolition video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BDToontkPvw

Aims

The objectives of the junction improvement are to:
  • relieve congestion at the junction and improve journey reliability
  • improve road safety
  • separate local traffic from long distance traffic
  • improve conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders
  • keep adverse environmental impacts to a minimum
  • provide good value for money
The river is the most environmentally sensitive area of the scheme because:
  • it is an abstraction source for drinking water
  • the adjacent land further downstream is a flood plain
  • it is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora, including a family of otters
We will include:
  • earthworks to several of the bends in the river to improve flow and provide ecological refuge
  • flood compensation works to counteract raised levels at the bridge locations
  • balancing ponds – each pond filters pollutants from the surface water that drains from the motorway and releases it slowly back into natural watercourses

Cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians

As part of the M1 junction 19 improvement scheme, we are required to construct a new bridleway connecting Swinford and Catthorpe via the River Avon. Works began in 2015. The vegetation has become well established during the summer months and the bridleway will be opening shortly. The works involve:
  • creating a new bridleway route
  • installing two bridleway bridges

Project media files

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 March 2017 to 18 March 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J18 and J16 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 6:02 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 March 2017 to 18 March 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 6:02 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 March 2017 to 4 March 2017. Location : The M6 slip road to the M1 southbound . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 28 February 2017 to 1 March 2017. Location : The A5 southbound between the junctions with the A426 and the A428 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 19 March 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Location : The A5 southbound between the junctions with the A426 and the A428 . Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 March 2017 to 19 March 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J19 and J17 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Period : from 00:58 on 27 January 2017 to 06:00 on 4 April 2018. Location : The A5 southbound between the A361 and the junction with the A45 Northampton. Status : Currently Active. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 4 March 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 28 February 2017 to 1 March 2017. Location : The A5 northbound between the junctions with the A428 and the A426 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 March 2017 to 4 March 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junction J1 and the M1 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The A5 northbound between the junctions with the A428 and the A426 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 March 2017 to 25 March 2017. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 March 2017 to 11 March 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J19 and J17 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Period : expect disruption until 17:00 on 19 March 2017. Status : Currently Active. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Location : The A5 northbound between the junctions with the A426 and the A4303 . Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 March 2017 to 11 March 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J17 and J19 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 March 2017 to 9 March 2017. Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at junction J18 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 March 2017 to 06:00 on 18 March 2017. Location : The M1 southbound at junction J19 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M1 southbound exit slip at Watford Gap Services. Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 February 2017 to 06:00 on 28 February 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 March 2017 to 06:00 on 18 March 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 March 2017 to 06:00 on 19 March 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J20 and J21 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J19 and J20 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 1 March 2017 to 16:00 on 1 March 2017. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 1 March 2017 to 06:00 on 2 March 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 March 2017 to 06:00 on 19 March 2017. Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at junction J20 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 06:00 on 2 March 2017 to 20:00 on 2 March 2017. Location : The A5 southbound between the junctions with the A428 DIRFT East and the M1 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 March 2017 to 18 March 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 March 2017 to 06:00 on 4 March 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J19 and J17 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 February 2017 to 06:00 on 28 February 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 3 March 2017 to 06:00 on 4 March 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J17 and J19 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 March 2017 to 9 March 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 March 2017 to 19 March 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J17 and J19 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at junction J18 . Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 February 2017 to 3 March 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 March 2017 to 9 March 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J18 and J16 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M1 southbound entry slip at Watford Gap Services. Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 February 2017 to 06:00 on 28 February 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M1 northbound entry slip at Watford Gap Services. Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 March 2017 to 9 March 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 February 2017 to 06:00 on 28 February 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J18 and J16 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 1 March 2017 to 16:00 on 1 March 2017. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 March 2017 to 9 March 2017. Location : The M45 westbound between the M1 and the junction with the A45 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 February 2017 to 06:00 on 28 February 2017. Location : The M1 northbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 13 March 2017 to 18 March 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J18 and J16 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 March 2017 to 9 March 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J18 and J16 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 February 2017 to 06:00 on 28 February 2017. Location : The M45 eastbound between the A45 and the junction with the M1 . Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Location : The M1 northbound exit slip at Watford Gap Services. Status : Pending. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 6 March 2017 to 9 March 2017. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 27 February 2017 to 06:00 on 28 February 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 27 February 2017 to 4 March 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 2 March 2017 to 4 March 2017. Location : The M6 northbound between junctions and J1 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 March 2017 to 06:00 on 18 March 2017. Location : The M1 southbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am
Status : Pending. Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 28 February 2017 to 2 March 2017. Location : The M6 southbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned.
Posted: February 25, 2017, 5:05 am

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