MOTORISTS who use the Catthorpe Interchange will have an easier ride when a new queue-busting link road opens tonight (Friday October 16).
Drivers heading westbound from the A14 to the M6 will be able to use the new link road, meaning they will not need to use the Interchange roundabouts – easing a bottle-neck and improving journeys for some of the 142,000 vehicles that pass through the junction every day.
The road, which will be open by Saturday morning (October 17) is built on a new structure which passes beneath the M1 and onto the M6.
Ivan Marriott, Highways England project manager, said: “The opening of the new A14 to M6 westbound link road is a big step forward in this scheme, and one that will see drivers starting to feel a real difference when passing through the junction.
“I’d like to remind drivers to drive carefully as they get used to this new link and to stick to the speed limit to keep themselves and our road workers safe.”
The scheme – which began in 2014 – promises to relieve congestion, improve journey reliability and boost safety by improving traffic flow at junction 19 of the M1, along with sections of the M6 and the A14.
A series of closures and diversions will be in place around the Interchange from 9pm tonight (Friday October 16) until 8am on Sunday (October 18). All Diversions will be clearly signposted. Click here for more information.