M1 to be closed overnight for emergency repairs

A series of overnight closures of the M1 in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire will begin tonight (14 October) so emergency resurfacing can be undertaken.

The temporary road closures are needed after several road defects recently came to light along the stretch between junction 16 near Daventry and junction 19 at Catthorpe, Leicestershire.

Lane one of the M1 near junction 16 is currently closed off northbound for safety reasons. From tonight until Sunday morning, overnight carriageway closures between 10pm and 6am will be in place so repairs can be carried out to ensure the ongoing safety of the M1 between these junctions.

On Tuesday, 14 October, the M1 northbound between junction 16 and junction 18 (DIRFT Logistics Park) near Rugby, will be closed. Northbound traffic will be diverted off at junction 16 along the A45, the A5 and back to the M1 at junction 18.

On Wednesday, the M1 southbound will be closed from junction 18 to junction 16. Southbound traffic will be diverted via M1 junction 18, then the A5, A45 and back to the M1 at junction 16.

On Thursday the M1 southbound will be closed from junction 19 at Catthorpe, Leicestershire, to junction 18. Southbound traffic will be diverted off at M1 junction 19, then along the M6 to junction 1, then the A426, the A5 and back to M1 junction 18.

On Friday the M1 southbound will be closed from junction 18 to junction 16. Southbound traffic will be diverted via M1 junction 18, then the A5, A45 and back to the M1 at junction 16.

On Saturday, the northbound M1 will be closed from junction 16 to junction 18. Traffic will be diverted off at M1 junction 16, then the A45, the A5 and back to M1 junction 18.

Brian Gash, Highways Agency Senior Project Manager, said:

“In order to make safe this stretch of road safer, we must carry out these emergency works.

“The Highways Agency doesn’t take lightly the decision to close its roads, and especially one of the most important routes in the midlands, but this work is required sooner rather than later for safety reasons.

“Those using this route during these times are advised to leave extra time for their journeys and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”