M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme
Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)
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During closures, diversion route signage will be in place. Please see diversion details within the Journey Impact tab.
Please note, smart motorway works on the M1 between junctions 16 and 19 are currently being undertaken. These works are separate to the M1 junction 19 improvement scheme. Click for details of journey impact and road closures due to Smart Motorway works.
Start of works
As planned, full construction began on 6 January 2014 and we expect this scheme to open for traffic in Autumn 2016.
Opening of new M6 - M1 link road
The new M6 to M1 southbound link road will open the weekend of 12 - 13 September as part of the M1 junction 19 improvement scheme – a key step to improving journeys for the 142,000 vehicles that pass through the junction every day.
The 250-metre viaduct – the first completed section of the scheme - will carry M6 eastbound traffic over the forthcoming M6-A14 link road onto the M1 southbound.
Work to open the road will take place overnight on Saturday 12 September, with a contingency in place for a second night's work on Sunday 13 September.
What is happening?
We are improving junction 19 of the M1 motorway and related sections of the M6 motorway and A14 trunk road.
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
Please note: work to replace Catthorpe Viaduct was completed in March 2012. This was a separate maintenance project and was not the commencement of the M1 junction 19 improvement scheme.
When and where is this happening?
As planned, full construction began on 6 January 2014 and we expect this scheme to open for traffic in autumn 2016.
Work is taking place on the junction between the M1, M6 and A14 within the counties of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. This junction is important for north/south and east/west traffic movements across the UK. The M6/A14 route is also part of the Ireland UK Benelux Trans-European network.
Why is this happening and what will it cost?
Over 142,000 vehicles pass through this junction daily. The existing junction 19 on the M1 gives rise to the following problems:
- congestion, delays and long queues
- conflicts between local and longer distance traffic
- barriers to pedestrian, cyclist and horse rider movements
- without improvement, these problems will get worse
The estimated final outturn of the scheme is £191 million.
How will the scheme be carried out?
Construction will take approximately 2½ years and working methods will be designed to have the least impact on local residents:
- twenty two traffic management phases will be required to enable the junction improvement to be constructed
- the key phases are the contraflows on the M1 and M6. These are required to construct two of the new bridges
The new bridge that will carry the M1 over the new M6 to A14 link will be constructed in two halves.
What are the benefits?
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
How do I find out more information ?
More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.
If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 123 5000.
Will there be roadworks?
Yes, roadworks will be needed in order to carry out these works safely.
|Date||Duration||Details||Allow an Extra|
|5 September 2015||20:00 - 06:00||M6 northbound entry slip from dumbbells closed||15 minutes|
|7 September 2015||21:00 - 06:00||M6 northbound entry slip from dumbbells closed||15 minutes|
|8 September 2015||21:00 - 06:00||M1 junction 19 southbound exit slip road to dumbbells closure||15 minutes|
|9 - 10 September 2015||21:00 - 06:00||M1 to M6 northbound link road closed to M6 junction 1||15 minutes|
|11 - 12 September 2015||21:00 - 06:00||M6 southbound closed at junction 1||15 minutes|
|28 June 2014||Ongoing||Narrow lanes with 50mph speed restriction and closure of lay-bys on A14 eastbound.||15 minutes|
|28 June 2014||Ongoing||Narrow lanes with 50mph speed restriction and closure of lay-bys on A14 westbound.||15 minutes|
|11 November 2014||Ongoing||M1 northbound 24/7 hard shoulder and lane 3 closure with 2 narrow lanes and 50mph speed restriction from the M6 northbound (westbound) slip road to the junction 19 slip road. M1 northbound in contraflow on the southbound carriageway, at the same location.||15 minutes|
|11 November 2014||Ongoing||M1 southbound 24/7 lane 2 and 3 closure with narrow lanes and 50mph speed restriction from the junction 19 slip road to the M6 southbound slip road.||15 minutes|
How will you manage traffic?
From November 2014 M1 traffic will run in contraflow on the southbound carriageway until June 2015. The M6 will be in contraflow from March 2014 to September 2015, to facilitate the construction of the other new bridge that will carry the M6 southbound over the new M6 to A14 link and will join the recently completed Catthorpe Viaduct.
A number of temporary roads will be constructed to keep traffic moving during the construction of the new junction.
We will maintain a minimum of two lanes of traffic in each direction on the motorway during peak hours. These are generally between 6am and 9pm each day, with some variation at weekends.
Lane closures and full carriageway closures will be required during the works, for instance during the lifting and placing of bridge beams and gantries.
Will there be diversions?
The following diversions will be in place for the above listed roadworks:
5, 7 September 2015 - M6 northbound entry slip from dumbbells closure
A14 to M6 traffic will be diverted onto the M1 northbound carriageway. Traffic will exit the M1 at junction 20 onto the A4303. Traffic will follow the A4303 to the A5 and then head south along the A5 to the roundabout with the A426. Traffic will follow the A426 to junction 1 of the M6.
8 September 2015 - M1 junction 19 southbound exit slip to dumbbells closure
A14 traffic will be diverted off the M1 at junction 20 on to the A4303. Traffic will follow the A4303 to the A5 and then head south along the A5 to the roundabout with the A426. Traffic will follow the A426 to junction 1 of the M6 then head south to the A14 exit slip at Catthorpe
9,10 September 2015 - M1 to M6 northbound link road closure to M6 junction 1
M6 northbound traffic will be diverted north to junction 20, head west along A4303 to the A5, then head A5 south to the roundabout and turn south down the A426 to re-join the M6 at junction 1 .
11,12 September 2015 - M6 southbound closure at junction 1
M6 to A14 traffic will be diverted off at M6 junction 1 on to the A426 to M1 junction 20 and head south coming off the M1 at junction 19 on to A14
M6 to M1 traffic will be diverted off at M6 junction 1 on to the A426, turn right and head south on A5 to M1 junction 18
Diversion routes will be advertised and local access will be maintained.
Closures or restrictions will also be well advertised in advance on these pages and through local media.
|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||2004-08|
|Further options identified||2004-08|
|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||25 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 open||October 2015|
|A14 to M1 northbound open||Spring 2016|
|M6-A14 free-flow links open in both directions||Spring 2016|
|M1 to M6 free-flow link open over new bridge||Summer 2016|
|M1 to A14 free-flow link open over new bridge||Summer 2016|
|All free-flow routes complete||Summer 2016|
|Local link road open||Autumn 2016|
|Project completion||Autumn 2016|
This business case was used to inform the prioritisation exercise following the spending round in October 2010 and the schemes selected for Development were based on the NPV and cost criteria available at that time.
Preferred Route Announcement Leaflet
Public Consultation Brochure
Scheme, Line and Side Roads Order Public Notice for the M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - 29 August 2013.
Made Compulsory Purchase Order Public Notice for the M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - 29 August 2013.
M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Alternative Route Notice - 7 February 2013
M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Alternative Route Notice - 24 January 2013
Pre Inquiry Meeting Notice - January 2013
Public Inquiry Notice - January 2013
Postponement of Public Inquiry
Start Of Works Public Information Exhibition Display Boards
Non-Technical Summary of the Environmental Statement and the full Environmental Statement for the M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme
On this page you can download the Appraisal Summary Table (AST) for M1 Jct 19.
Report on Public Consultation
Artist Impression – View of the junction from the North West
June 2014 – View of M1 northbound, south of the M6, showing excavations for the abutment for the M6 to M1 link
June 2014 – View of the M1 northbound showing foundations of a pier that will carry the A14 to M1 link
April 2014 – View of M1 northbound, south of the M6, showing pilling activities for a pier carrying the A14 to M1 link
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 with the intention of opening this route by the end of summer 2016. The works involve:
Creating a new bridleway route
Installing two bridleway bridges
Earthworks to several of the bends in the river to improve flow and provide ecological refuge
Flood compensation works: the removal of material to counteract raised levels at the bridge locations
The river is the most environmental sensitive area of the scheme for the following reasons:
It is an abstraction source for drinking water
Further downstream the adjacent land is a flood plain
It is home to a wide variety of fauna and flora, including a family of otters
Start of works public information exhibition
We held an exhibition to inform you about this major improvement at Swinford Village Hall on 10 and 11 January 2014. If you missed the exibition you can find all the information on these pages and can download the exhibition panels. Got a question or comments? Call the Highways Agency Information line 0300 123 5000.
A public inquiry was held 5 to 15 March 2013, before Diane Lewis, BA (Hons) MCD, MA, LLM, MRTPI, an independant Inspector appointed by the Secretaries of State for Transport and for Planning.
A decision on the published draft Orders under the Highways Act 1980 has been taken jointly by the Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Communities and the Local Government. The Secretaries of State have accepted the recommendations outlined in the Inspector’s public inquiry report . The decision letter and inspectors report are available for you to view on the Department for Transport website.
The scheme will now progress through the statutory process; the next step will be to make the orders.
The scheme orders were made in August 2013. Copies of the Compulsory Purchase Order, Side Roads Order, Scheme Orders, Line Order and the Public Notices are available under Publications.