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Drivers warned of traffic disruption from M1 closure this weekend

Published on Thursday, May 10, 2018

MOTORISTS are being warned to expect traffic disruption and delays this weekend as a section of the M1 closes for major works.

The motorway will be closed from Junction 23A near East Midlands Airport, to Junction 24 near Lockington, from Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13.

It will close to southbound traffic from 10pm on the Friday, and from midnight to northbound traffic. It is expected to reopen at 3pm on the Sunday.

Traffic will be diverted along the A453 in each direction throughout the motorway closure.

The works are part of two separate projects which are taking place.

One involves the Kegworth Bypass bridge over the motorway, south of Ashby Road Bridge, as part of a major infrastructure development at SEGRO Logistics Park, East Midlands Gateway.

At the same time, Highways England will be carrying out essential bridge waterproofing south of Junction 23A.

The M1 is one of the country’s busiest motorways, and significant congestion and delays are expected during the works, both on the motorway and on the diversion routes.

Drivers are being advised to avoid the area if possible, and to allow plenty of extra time if travelling to East Midlands Airport.

Leicester City Council’s head of city highways, Martin Fletcher, said: “Although these works are well away from Leicester, they are taking place on a very busy section of the M1.

‘Therefore there is a high likelihood of drivers trying to avoid the area altogether, meaning the additional traffic will have knock-on effect on areas such as Leicester and Loughborough which are close to the M1 itself.

“The contractors involved in this scheme have put clear diversions in place, which closely follow the route of the motorway itself, but drivers will still need to allow extra time or find an alternative route altogether.”

Regular traffic and travel updates for the city and county’s roads are available at @ATCLeicester and on BBC Radio Leicester 104.9FM.