M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme

Project status:   Current
Region:  Midlands


Start date:   January 2014
End date:  November 2016


Type:   Major Scheme
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Major Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)

Cost:  £191 million


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Planned closures

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.

Down by the river…

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 last year, but we are now progressing well with these works with the intention of opening this route by the end of the summer. 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

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
  • accidents
  • 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 ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

Details of scheduled roadworks are provided to help you plan your journey. Please note that works are weather- and resource- dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice. This information is not updated in real time so please check Traffic England for current traffic conditions. Diversion timings are approximate and act as a guide only.

Will there be roadworks?

Yes, roadworks will be needed in order to carry out these works safely.

Road Works

DateDurationDetailsAllow an Extra
3 September 201521:00 - 06:00M1 northbound carriageway closed between junction 19 exit slip road to the M6 and junction 19 entry slip road from the A14. M1 southbound carriageway closed between the M1 to A14 exit slip road and the M6 entry slip road at junction 19.15 minutes
5 September 201520:00 - 06:00M6 northbound entry slip from dumbbells closed15 minutes
7 September 201521:00 - 06:00M6 northbound entry slip from dumbbells closed15 minutes
8 September 201521:00 - 06:00M1 junction 19 southbound exit slip road to dumbbells closure15 minutes
9 - 10 September 201521:00 - 06:00M1 to M6 northbound link road closed to M6 junction 115 minutes
11 - 12 September 201521:00 - 06:00M6 southbound closed at junction 115 minutes
28 June 2014OngoingNarrow lanes with 50mph speed restriction and closure of lay-bys on A14 eastbound.15 minutes
28 June 2014OngoingNarrow lanes with 50mph speed restriction and closure of lay-bys on A14 westbound.15 minutes
11 November 2014OngoingM1 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 2014OngoingM1 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:

3 September 2015 - M1 northbound and southbound closures

M1 northbound traffic will be diverted off the M1 at junction 19 onto the M6. Traffic will exist the M6 at junction 1 and head north on the A426 to the A5. Traffic will turn left and head north on the A5. Traffic will head north on the A5 to the roundabout with the A4303. Traffic will turn right onto the A4303 where it will re-join the M1 at junction 20.

M1 south bound traffic will be diverted off the M1 at junction 19. Traffic will head right, through the junction, onto the M6. Traffic will travel west on the M6 and exit at junction 1 where it will join the M6 southbound and re-join the M1.

The M1 southbound off slip will remain open and M1 to A14 traffic will be unaffected. A14 to M1 northbound traffic will also be unaffected.

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.

ActivityDate
Feasibility study commences into improvements to the junctionDec 2000
Public Consultation on a number of junction optionsJune 2002
Preferred Route announced by the Minister of StateFeb 2003
Public Information Exhibition to present Local Road Network optionsJuly 2004
Contract awarded to Skanska/Jacobs for planning, design, management and construction2004-08
Further options identified2004-08
Public Consultation of three junction options and three local road network optionsJune 2008
Preferred Route announcedFeb 2009
Draft Orders and environmental statement published25 Feb 2010
Exhibitions held at Lilbourne and SwinfordMarch 2010
Statutory process postponedJune 2010
Government announce scheme to commence construction 2013-14March 2012
Statutory process recommencedOctober 2012
Public inquiry heldMarch 2013
Secretary of State decision announcedJuly 2013
Orders madeAugust 2013
Start of works Public Information ExhibtionJanuary 2014
Start of worksJanuary 2014

Business Case

M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Business Case
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.

Leaflet

Legal

M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Compulsory Purchase Order, Side Roads Order, Scheme Orders and Line Order
M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Scheme, Line and Side Roads Order Public Notice
Scheme, Line and Side Roads Order Public Notice for the M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - 29 August 2013.
M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Made Compulsory Purchase Order Public Notice
Made Compulsory Purchase Order Public Notice for the M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - 29 August 2013.
M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Further Alternative Route Notice
M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Alternative Route Notice - 7 February 2013
M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Alternative Route Notice
M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Alternative Route Notice - 24 January 2013
M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Notice of Intention to Hold Public Inquiry and Pre Inquiries Meeting

Other

Plan

M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Preferred Route Plan

Report

M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme Environmental Statement - February 2010
Non-Technical Summary of the Environmental Statement and the full Environmental Statement for the M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme
M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Appraisal Summary Table
On this page you can download the Appraisal Summary Table (AST) for M1 Jct 19.
M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme - Road Based Study Junction Improvements Proposals 2002

Bridge Demolition

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.

Public inquiry

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.

Made 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.