M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme

Project status:   Current
Region:  Midlands


Start date:   January 2014
End date:  By the end of December 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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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.

Planned closures

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.

Start of works

Construction began on 6 January 2014 and we expect this scheme to open for traffic in Autumn 2016.

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.

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.

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.

Road Works

DateDurationDetailsAllow an Extra
11 February9pm to 6amThe A14 westbound from junction 2 to Catthorpe junction will be closed. The M1 to M6 northbound link road will be closed. There will also be closures of lane 1 of the M1 northbound and lanes 1 & 2 of the M1 southbound.15 minutes
12 February9pm to 6amThe A14 eastbound from Catthorpe junction to junction 1 will be closed. The M6 southbound will be closed from junction 1. There will also be closures of lane 1 of the A14 westbound, lane 1 of the M1 northbound and lanes 1 & 2 of the M1 southbound.15 minutes
13 and 14 February9pm to 6amThe M1 northbound will be closed from junction 18. The M1 southbound will be closed from junction 20.15 minutes
16 February9pm to 6amThe M1 to M6 northbound link road will be closed. The A14 eastbound will be closed from the dumbbell roundabout. There will also be closures of lane 1 of the A14 westbound, lane 1 of the M1 northbound and lanes 1 & 2 of the M1 southbound.15 minutes
17 February9pm to 6amThe M1 to M6 northbound link road will be closed. There will also be closures of lane 1 of the A14 westbound, lane 1 of the M1 northbound and lanes 1 & 2 of the M1 southbound.15 minutes
18 February9pm to 6amThe M1 to M6 northbound link road will be closed. There will also be closures of lane 1 of the M1 northbound and lanes 1 & 2 of the M1 southbound.15 minutes
22, 23 and 24 February9pm to 6amThe M1 to M6 northbound link road will be closed. There will also be closures of lane 1 of the M1 northbound and lanes 1 & 2 of the M1 southbound.15 minutes
29 February9pm to 6amThe M6 southbound will be closed from junction 1 (although the entry slip will still be open for A14 traffic). The M1 southbound will be closed from junction 20. The M1 northbound will be closed from junction 18. There will also be a closure of lanes 1 & 2 of the M1 northbound north of junction 19 (A14 traffic will still be able to run northbound).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:

11 February – Closure of A14 westbound from junction 2 to Catthorpe junction. Closure of M1 to M6 northbound link road. Also closures of M1 northbound lane 1 and M1 southbound lanes 1 & 2.

A14 to M1 northbound traffic will be diverted onto the A45 at A14 junction 13 and head south to join the M1 at junction 15.

M1 to M6 northbound traffic will continue on the M1 to junction 20, then head south on the A426 to join the M6 at junction 1.

12 February - Closure of A14 eastbound from Catthorpe junction to junction 1. Closure of M6 southbound from junction 1. Also closures of A14 westbound lane 1, M1 northbound lane 1 and M1 southbound lanes 1 & 2.

A14 eastbound traffic will continue south on the M1 to junction 15, then head east up the A45 and join the A14 at junction 13.

M6 southbound traffic will exit at junction 1, head north-east up the A426 and join the M1 at junction 20.

13 and 14 February – Closure of M1 northbound from junction 18. Closure of M1 southbound from junction 20.

M1 northbound traffic will exit at junction 18 and head north up the A5 to Gibbets Hill roundabout, then M6 traffic will head south-west down the A426 to join the M6 at junction 1, while M1 traffic will head north-east up the A426 to re-join the M1 at junction 20.

M1 southbound traffic will be diverted off at junction 20, head south down the A426 to M6 junction 1 and then head east to re-join the M1 or join the A14.

16 February – Closure of M1 to M6 northbound link road. Closure of A14 eastbound from dumbbell roundabout. Also closures of A14 westbound lane 1, M1 northbound lane 1 and M1 southbound lanes 1 & 2.

M1 to M6 northbound traffic will continue on the M1 to junction 20, head south on the A426 and join the M6 at junction 1.

A14 eastbound traffic will continue south on the M1 to junction 15, then head east up the A45 and join the A14 at junction 13.

17 February – Closure of M1 to M6 northbound link road. Also closures of A14 westbound lane 1, M1 northbound lane 1 and M1 southbound lanes 1 & 2.

M1 to M6 northbound traffic will continue on the M1 to junction 20, head south on the A426 and join the M6 at junction 1.

18, 22, 23 and 24 February – Closure of M1 to M6 northbound link road. Also closures of M1 northbound lane 1 and M1 southbound lanes 1 & 2.

M1 to M6 northbound traffic will continue on the M1 to junction 20, head south on the A426 and join the M6 at junction 1.

29 February – Closure of M6 southbound from junction 1 (entry slip still open for A14 traffic). Closure of M1 southbound from junction 20. Closure of M1 northbound from junction 18. Also closure of M1 northbound lanes 1 & 2 north of junction 19 (A14 traffic still able to run northbound).

M6 southbound traffic will exit at junction 1, head north-east up the A426 and join the M1 at junction 20 (entry slip road southbound will remain open for A14 traffic).

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.

M1 northbound traffic will exit at junction 18 and head north up the A5 to Gibbet Hill roundabout, then M6-bound traffic will head south-west on the A426 to join the M6 at junction 1, while M1-bound traffic will head north-east up the A426 and re-join the M1 at junction 20.

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
Shawell Lane/A5 openNovember 2014
Original M6 southbound Bridge demolitionMarch 2015
Close local Catthorpe-Swinford link roadSeptember 2015
M6 to M1 realigned over Catthorpe ViaductSeptember 2015
A14 westbound to M6 openOctober 2015
A14 to M1 northbound openSpring 2016
M6-A14 free-flow links open in both directionsSpring 2016
M1 to M6 free-flow link open over new bridgeSummer 2016
M1 to A14 free-flow link open over new bridgeSummer 2016
All free-flow routes completeSummer 2016
Local link road openAutumn 2016
Project completionAutumn 2016

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

Newsletter

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

Environmental works

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.

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.