Advance work on Catthorpe improvements to begin

HA0428. March 2008. M1 Slip road, near Swinford, Rugby, Warwickshire
HA0428. March 2008. M1 Slip road, near Swinford, Rugby, Warwickshire

Advance work to improve a major junction which joins the A14 and M1 is to begin next week – but the Highways Agency says it will not affect motorists.

Archaeological investigations, site clearance, installation of boundary fencing and construction of site compound and access for the work at the Catthorpe Interchange will begin next Thursday, November 7.

Full construction is expected to start in the New Year.

Highways Agency project manager Ivan Marriott said none of the advance work will affect road users.

He added: “The start of advance works is a major milestone for the project and brings the start of full construction another step closer, which we know will be welcomed by many.

“More than 142,000 vehicles a day pass through the Catthorpe junction. The existing layout gives rise to congestion, accidents, conflicts between local and longer distance traffic and barriers to pedestrian, cyclist and horse rider movements.

“The improvement scheme will relieve congestion, improve journey time reliability and road safety, separate local traffic from long distance vehicles and improve accessibility for pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists.”

For more information, visit www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/m1-junction-19-improvement-scheme or phone 0300 1235000.

Public information exhibitions will take place in the New Year and these will be publicised nearer the time.