M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme

Project status:   Current
Region:  Midlands


Start date:   January 2014
End date:  2016-2017


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 (below) signage will be in place. Please see the journey impact tab for further details.

Diversion Route Map

Please note, renewal works to the central reserve barrier 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 barrier 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.

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 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.

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.

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
16 October21:00 to 06:00Closure for M1 J16-19 scheme - M6 closure between the M6 southbound off slip and the M1. M6 to A14 traffic unaffected. M6 to M1 traffic will be diverted off at M6 junction 1 on to the A426 to the A5. Traffic will head south on the A5 to m1 Junction 18. Closure to undertake repairs on the M1 as part of the M1 junction 19 to 16 scheme.30 minutes
23 October22:00 to 23:00There will be a 10 minute closure of the A14 eastbound carriageway and the M1 southbound off slip road between 22:00 and 23:00 on the night of the 24th of October to facilitate the movement of a wide load through the junction.15 minutes
1 JulyOngoingM1 southbound 24/7 lane 2 and 3 closure with narrow lanes and 50 m.p.h speed restriction from the junction 19 off-slip to the M6 southbound on-slip. M1 southbound in contraflow on the northbound carriageway, at the same location15 minutes
28 JuneOngoingNarrow lanes with 50 m.p.h speed restriction and closure of lay-bys on A14 westbound.15 minutes
28 JuneOngoingNarrow lanes with 50 m.p.h speed restriction and closure of lay-bys on A14 eastbound.15 minutes
26 MarchOngoingM6 southbound (eastbound) hard shoulder and lane 1 closure with 50 m.p.h speed restriction and in contraflow on the northbound (westbound) carriageway from the A14 off slip to the M1 southbound15 minutes
26 MarchOngoingM6 northbound (westbound) 24/7 lane 2 and 3 closure with 50 m.p.h speed restriction and narrow lanes from the northbound off-slip to the on-slip from the A14.15 minutes
8 MarchOngoingM1 northbound 24/7 hard shoulder and lane 3 closure with 2 narrow lanes and 50 m.p.h speed restriction from the M6 northbound (westbound) off-slip to the junction 19 on-slip.15 minutes

How will you manage traffic?

From June 2014 M1 traffic will run in contraflow on the northbound carriageway before moving over to the southbound carriageway in December 2014.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?

Yes there will be diversions, please see the above road works for details.

Closures or restrictions will be well advertised in advance on these pages and through local media. Diversion routes will also be advertised and local access will be maintained.

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