SMOOTHER journeys through the Catthorpe Interchange are now possible after a historic bottleneck was finally removed from the notorious junction.
A new temporary link road connecting the M6 to the A14 eastbound opened on Saturday (February 13) as part of the M1 junction 19 improvement scheme.
The one-lane temporary link road gives drivers travelling from the M6 to the A14 eastbound direct access without travelling through the ‘dumbbell’ roundabouts.
Ivan Marriott, Highways England project manager, said: “We’ve been working hard to put this temporary link road in place so that we can provide drivers with the benefits of a direct M6 to A14 eastbound connection as soon as possible, ahead of the permanent two-lane link road opening later this year.
“As this is a significant change in the way drivers use the junction, I’d like to urge drivers to observe signs, get in lane when instructed and drive carefully as they get used to the new layout.”
Lane priorities have changed, so that:
- Lanes 1 and 2 of the M6 join the M1 south
- Lane 3 of the M6 continues eastbound to join the A14.
For safety reasons, speed restrictions of 50mph on the M6-A14 eastbound will continue while final improvements take place.
Visit www.facebook.com/m1j19 for up-to-date information on closures and the scheme’s progress.