M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme
Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)
A public inquiry was held between 5 and 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. The inquiry documents can be found on the public inquiry website.
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.
What is happening?
We are proposing to improve junction 19 of the M1 motorway and related sections of the M6 motorway and A14 trunk road within the counties of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
A public consultation was held between June and September 2009 seeking the views of the public on three junction options and three local road network options. The public response showed that their main concerns were road safety and congestion. There was overwhelming support for an improvement scheme, with the Red Junction the most favoured. Of the three local road network options, the Orange Local Road Network was the most favoured.
A further eleven junction layouts were suggested by the public. These have been considered and assessed, and all were found to be less beneficial than the new preferred route.
The Minister of State for Transport has considered the views of those who responded to the consultation and our recommendations. The Minister of State has decided that the improvement scheme is to be implemented and that the preferred route is the Red Junction and Orange Local Road Network. This decision supercedes the preferred route announcement of 2003.
Please note: Work to replace Catthorpe Viaduct was completed in March 2012. This is a separate maintenance project and was not the commencement of the M1 Junction 19 Improvement scheme.
When and where is this happening?
The junction between the M1, M6 and A14 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.
In the November 2011 Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that the M1 Junction 19 Improvement scheme will be prepared for start of construction before 2015.
Following this, the 2012 Budget announcement confirmed the start of work for this scheme to be in financial year 2013/14.
A public inquiry was held between the 5th March 2013 and the 15th March 2013. On the 16th July 2013 the Secretaries of State accepted the Inspector’s recommendations outlined in her public inquiry report .
We expect the scheme to commence construction between January and March 2014, subject to the outcome of statutory processes.
For more information please visit our Current Delivery Programme page.
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 cost of this scheme is in the range of £185m to £273m.
How will the scheme be carried out?
We will provide more information about how the scheme will be carried out as it becomes available.
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 email@example.com or calling 0300 123 5000.
|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|
|Secretaries of State decision announced||July 2013|
Business Case - Information correct as at December 2010
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
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
The Red Junction and Orange Local Road Network (LRN) gained the most support from the public consultation. It has the lowest environmental impact, requires the least land, provides the greatest traffic benefits and represents good value for money. The estimated cost is in the range of £185m to £273m.
The Red Junction would be constructed on three levels and would be similar in height to the existing junction. It would not include a roundabout but would provide the following direct links:
- A14 to M1 northbound
- M1 southbound to A14
- M6 to A14 in both directions
- M6 to M1 southbound
- M1 northbound to M6
Movements between the A14 and M1 south of the junction would not be provided. Existing movements between the M6 and the M1 north of the junction would not be allowed.
The Red Junction would remove direct access to the motorway network from the local roads, improving safety and reducing congestion by separating local and long distance traffic. The M1 would remain on its current alignment.
The Orange LRN would improve travel between the villages by including:
- 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 between Catthorpe Road and the M6
A minor change has been made to the Orange Local Road Network that was presented during the summer 2008 public consultation. The local road between Catthorpe and Swinford has been realigned up to 130 metres to the west as it passes underneath the M6. This change will have no impact on the scheme in terms of landtake or proximity to properties but does mean that the project can be delivered quicker. The design will be developed further as the scheme progresses.
The draft Orders were published on Thursday 25th February 2010.
Following the Secretaries of State decision on 16th July 2013 the next step will be to make the Orders. This is expected to be late summer 2013.