M1 Junction 21 Capacity Improvement
Part of our programme of improvements (generally with value <£10m)
What is happening?
The work is designed to improve the capacity of the junction with carriageway widening and an extra lane being created on the M1 southbound exit slip at junction 21 approach to the island.
This work is part of the pinch point programme. The pinch point programme forms part of the UK Government's growth iniaitive, outlined during the Chancellor's Autumn Statement in November 2011.
When and where is this happening?
Work is planned to start in Summer 2013 and is expected to last for 15 weeks.
We will carry out work to improve the M1/M69 junction 21 near Leicester.
Phase one is due to be finished on 7 December 2013, with phase two due to start January/February 2014.
Why is this happening and what will it cost?
This junction suffers from congestion during peak time travel hours. This is caused by large volumes of traffic leaving the M1 going southbound to Leicester, or going westbound onto the M69.
The estimated cost is £1.3m.
How will the scheme be carried out?
- upgrade existing traffic signals
- make minor alterations to drainage and lighting
- widen the M1 Junction 21 southbound exit slip road
- widen the eastern side of the roundabout
- widen the exit lane from the M69 to the roundabout.
What are the benefits?
As part of the pinch point programme, the scheme aims to:
- help reduce daily congestion
- reduce journey times for the travelling public
- improve safety
How do I find out more information ?
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If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing email@example.com or calling 0300 123 5000.
Will there be roadworks?
Yes, road works will be in place to protect our workforce and to ensure road users are kept at a safe distance from the improvement works.
20-09-13 to 23-09-13 between 20:00 Friday and 06:00 Monday
During this time the north east section of the roundabout will be closed (Lane 2 and 3 to A5460).
There will be no access from the M1 southbound slip to the M69.
Those travelling along the M69 eastbound will not have entry to Leicestershire. Traffic will be taken on to the designated slip onto the M1 northbound / M1.
The M1 southbound designated slip lane remains open into Leicester.
Fully signed diversion routes will be in place, please see below for details.
How will you manage traffic?
For the safety of our road workers and customers the works will mainly be carried out using lane closures, although on occasions various sections of the junction will be closed overnight or over the weekend to maintain safety for road users. We are proposing that the works will be carried out using a number of different traffic management layouts:
- overnight southbound exit slip road closures
- daytime lane closures along the southbound exit slip
- some weekend closures on parts of the circulatory
- overnight northbound entry slip closures
- overnight northbound exit slip closures
- daytime lane closures along the M69 westbound
- overnight closure on the M69 westbound
- 50mph speed restriction within the junction.
Will there be diversions?
The dates for any road closures and diversion routes will be clearly signposted in advance.
Please see the diversion maps for your information:
Alternative route to access the M69 junction 1 from the M1. Traffic can travel to M1 junction 20, exit at this junction and travel westbound along the A4303 until it meets the A5, then northbound along the A5 onto the M69 junction 1.
Diversion route to access the M69 from M1 southbound. Traffic is diverted South to M1 junction 20, exit at this junction and travel westbound along the A4303 until it meets the A5, then northbound along the A5 onto the M69 junction 1.
Diversion route to access M69 junction 2. Traffic is diverted South to M1 junction 20, exit and re-enter onto the M1 northbound and exit at M1 junction 21 via the designated slip lane onto the M69 westbound.
Alternative route for Fosse Park from A46 East. Traffic can exit at the A50 junction and travel south until it meets the A563, then travel south along the A563 until it meets the A5460 junction towards Fosse Park.
Alternative route for Fosse Park from M1 southbound. Traffic can exit at M1 junction 22 onto the A50 until it meets the A563, then travel south along the A563 until it meets the A5460 towards towards Fosse Park.
Diversion route to go to Leicester from the M69. Traffic is diverted North to M1 junction 22, exit and re-enter onto the M1 southbound and exit at M1 junction 21 via the designated slip lane into Leicester.
Diversion route to go to Leicester from M1 northbound. Traffic is diverted North to M1 junction 22, exit and re-enter onto the M1 southbound and exit at M1 junction 21 via the designated slip lane into Leicester.