M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme
Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)
The M1 junction 19 improvement scheme now has a Facebook page - visit us for the latest scheme news and updates.
Please see issue 1 of our quarterly newsletter for a report on our progress to date.
During closures, diversion route signage will be in place. Please see diversion details on the journey impact page.
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 and details of journey impact and road closures due to smart motorway works are available on the scheme page.
Closure of Swinford Road
On Sunday 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. Drivers must choose another route to join the strategic road network.
The east-west link between the villages of Catthorpe and Swinford will be re-connected when the new local road is complete. Presently much of its alignment is occupied by the M6 southbound exit slip road. The complex construction of new bridges to separate the local road from long distance traffic means that the new road will be open in October 2016.
Drivers who access the motorway network from Catthorpe will need to use alternative routes. Local journeys between the villages of Catthorpe and Swinford can continue using a range of alternative routes.
Opening of new M6 to M1 link road
The new M6 to M1 southbound link road opened on 22 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 – now carries M6 eastbound traffic over the forthcoming M6-A14 link road onto the M1 southbound.
Opening of new A14 to M6 westbound link road
The new A14 to M6 westbound link opened to traffic on 17 October 2015. Please note that traffic wishing to travel from the M1 southbound to the M6 northbound should now use either the M69 between M1 junction 21 and M6 junction 2 or the A4303/A426 between M1 junction 20 and M6 junction 1. There is also the option to continue to M1 junction 18 and turn round to access the M6 via the M1 northbound carriageway.
Opening of new A14 to M1 northbound free-flow link from 13 December
From 8am on 13 December there will be the following permanent changes:
- lane priorities on the A14 westbound approach change: left-hand lane for the M1 and right-hand lane for the M6
- non-motorway traffic will need to leave the A14 at junction 1 to reach local destinations via the minor road network
- access to the M1 northbound from both Swinford and the M6 southbound will be permanently closed
- local traffic is advised to use alternative route to join the M1 at junction 20 or at junction 18
- M6 southbound traffic should use the M69 from junction 2 to access the M1 at junction 21, or the A426 from junction 1 to access the M1 at junction 20
M6 southbound road layout and local access changes to Catthorpe Interchange
Please be advised that the following changes were implemented on Saturday 13 February:
- there will no longer be access to the local road network from the M6 at the Catthorpe Interchange - local traffic should leave the M6 southbound at junction 1 (this is a permanent arrangement)
- lane priorities on the M6 southbound approach to the M1/A14 have changed as follows: M6-M1 southbound traffic to use lanes 1 and 2 (of 3), M6-A14 eastbound traffic to use lane 3 (of 3)
While familiarising yourselves with these changes, we advise you to take extra care, keep a safe distance, observe signs, ignore sat navs and get into the correct lane in good time. Abnormal loads should contact the project team when planning routes.
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.
Please note that the following restrictions and closures are in place full time during the works:
- narrow lanes with 50mph speed restriction and closure of lay-bys on A14 westbound
- narrow lanes with 50mph speed restriction and closure of lay-bys on A14 eastbound
- narrow lanes with 50mph speed restriction (closure of hard shoulder and lane 1)on M1 northbound through junction 19
- narrow lanes with 50mph speed restriction (closure of hard shoulder and lane 1)on M1 southbound through junction 19
- narrow lanes with 50mph speed restriction on M6 southbound approaching junction 19
- hard shoulder and lane 1 running with 50mph speed restriction (closure of lane 2) on M6-M1 southbound viaduct
This scheme adjoins the M1 junction 19-16 all lane running smart motorway scheme (Autumn 2015 - Spring 2017).
The schedule below lists only road works which include full carriageway closures requiring diversions. All planned road works are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
Please note that in the schedule the date given for a night time closure is the date on which the closure begins. For example, a night time closure on 1 March between 8pm and 5.30am will begin at 8pm on 1 March and end at 5.30am on 2 March.
|Date||Duration||Details||Allow an Extra|
|27, 28 and 29 April||9pm to 6am||The M1 to M6 northbound link road will be closed. (Lane 1 of M6 southbound will also be closed, switching to a partial closure of lane 2 on 28 April.)||15 minutes|
|3, 4 and 5 May||9pm to 6am||The M1 to M6 northbound link road will be closed.||15 minutes|
|6 May||9pm to 6am||The M1 to M6 northbound link road will be closed. The M1 southbound will be closed from junction 20.||15 minutes|
|9 May||9pm to 6am||The M6 southbound will be closed from junction 1. The M1 northbound will be closed from junction 18.||15 minutes|
|10 May||9pm to 6am||The M6 southbound will be closed from junction 1. The A14 westbound will be closed from junction 2 to Catthorpe junction. (Lane 1 of the M1 to M6 northbound link road will also be closed.)||15 minutes|
|11 May||8pm to 6am||The A14 westbound will be closed from junction 2 to Catthorpe junction. The A14 eastbound will be closed from Catthorpe junction to junction 1.||15 minutes|
|11 May||9pm to 6am||Lane 3 of the M6 southbound will be closed, closing the link to the A14. Lane 1 of the M1 southbound will be closed, closing the link to the A14. (Lane 1 of the M1 to M6 northbound link road will also be closed.)||15 minutes|
|12 May||8pm to 6am||The A14 westbound will be closed from junction 2 to Catthorpe junction. (Lane 1 of the M1 to M6 northbound link road will also be closed.)||15 minutes|
|13 May||9pm to 6am||The M1 to M6 northbound link road will be closed. (Lane 1 of the A14 westbound will also be closed.)||15 minutes|
|16 May||9pm to 6am||The M1 to M6 northbound link road will be closed.||15 minutes|
|17 May||8pm to 6am||Lane 1 of the A14 westbound will be closed, closing the link to the M1 northbound.||15 minutes|
|17 May||9pm to 6am||The M1 southbound will be closed at junction 20. The M1 northbound will be closed at junction 18.||15 minutes|
|18, 19 and 20 May||9pm to 6am||The M1 to M6 northbound link road will be closed.||15 minutes|
How will you manage traffic?
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 2 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. Full carriageway closures will be advertised on these pages and through local media.
We carry out a lot of our scheme works at night. For example, over the period 1 October to 18 October 2015 our contractor worked 11 night shifts, a total of 300 hours. Apart from minimising disruption to travellers, this is done because some of our works, such as bridge beam lifts and concrete pours, are not safe to be carried out during high levels of traffic in the daytime.
Will there be diversions?
Diversion routes will be clearly signed and local access will be maintained.
The following diversions will be in place for the above-listed road works:
27-29 April and 3-6, 13, 16 and 18-20 May – Closure of M1 to M6 northbound link road. (Also, closure of lane 1 of M6 southbound on 27-29 April, with a partial lane 2 closure on 28 April; and closure of lane 1 of A14 westbound on 13 May.)
M6 northbound traffic will continue north up the M1 to junction 20, head south-west down the A426 and join the M6 at junction 1.
6 and 17 May – Closure of M1 southbound from junction 20.
M1 southbound traffic will exit at junction 20, head south-west down the A426, then travel south on the A5 to re-join the M1 at junction 18.
9 and 10 May – Closure of M6 southbound from junction 1.
M6 southbound traffic will exit at junction 1, head north-east up the A426 and join the M1 southbound at junction 20.
9 and 17 May – Closure of M1 northbound from junction 18.
M1 northbound traffic will exit at junction 18 and head north up the A5 to Gibbet Hill roundabout, then M6-bound traffic will travel south-west on the A426 to join the M6 at junction 1, while M1-bound traffic will travel north-east up the A426 to re-join the M1 at junction 20.
10-12 May – Closure of A14 westbound from junction 2 to Catthorpe junction. (Also, closure of lane 1 of M1 to M6 northbound link road.)
A14 to M1 northbound traffic will be diverted onto the A45 at A14 junction 13 and head south-west on the A45 to join the M1 northbound at junction 15.
11 May – Closure of A14 eastbound from Catthorpe junction to junction 1. Closure of lane 3 of M6 southbound, closing link to A14. Closure of lane 1 of M1 southbound, closing link to A14. (Also, closure of lane 1 of M1 to M6 northbound link road.)
A14 eastbound traffic will continue down the M1 to junction 15, take the A45 north-east and join the A14 at junction 13.
17 May – Closure of lane 1 of A14 westbound, closing link to M1 northbound.
M1 northbound traffic will be diverted up the M6 at junction 19 to M6 junction 1, then it will head north-east up the A426 to join the M1 at junction 20.
|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.