- Updated: 15 February, 2016
The junction is vital for north/south and east/west traffic movements across the United Kingdom. The M6/A14 route is also part of the Ireland UK Benelux Trans-European network.
Currently the junction suffers from:
- Congestion, delays and long queues.
- Incidents, sometimes resulting in serious injuries and fatalities.
- Conflicts between local and long distance traffic.
- Barriers to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
The improvements we are delivering will:
- Relieve congestion at the junction and improve traffic flows.
- Improve road safety.
- Separate local traffic from long distance traffic.
- Improve conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders.
- Keep adverse environmental impacts to a minimum.
- Provide value for money.
Construction commenced in 2010, initially replacing the Catthorpe Viaduct taking traffic from the M6 to the M1 South. This advance section of the project was opened to traffic in 2012. Work commenced on the second, larger phase of the project in 2013. The scheme requires the construction of 7 new bridges and multi-span viaducts and also significant earthworks, drainage, roadwork and advanced traffic communications systems. The current phase has a budget of £186.3 million and is due for completion in autumn 2016.
The junction will be constructed on three levels and will provide the following direct free-flow links:
- A14 to M1 northbound.
- M1 southbound to A14.
- M6 to A14 in both directions.
- M6 to M1 southbound.
- M1 northbound to M6.
The M1 will remain on its current alignment, whilst there will also be significant improvements to the local road network and utility and recreational links. The project team is responsible for a number of environmental commitments including offsite planting and earth mounding, protection of wildlife, creation of new habitats and construction of drainage ponds to reduce the risk of pollution and flooding.
The 150, 000 vehicles which use the interchange every day and their safety during construction has been at the centre of the design and construction solutions, requiring twenty-two different traffic management phases before completion. In total, seven temporary roads will be constructed to divert traffic away from existing alignments to enable the construction of the new bridges and carriageways whilst keeping the junction 'open for business'.