Road delays due to work at M1 junction 24

Sign for East Midlands Airport Image copyright Cabinet Office
Image caption East Midlands Airport passengers face an 11-mile detour

Drivers including those heading to East Midlands Airport are being warned about seven weeks of delays due to work to alleviate a Leicestershire pinch point.

The south bridge at junction 24 of the M1 will be closed overnight for six weeks from Monday, with narrow lanes in place during the day.

The bridge will then be closed fully over the weekends of 12 to 15 September and 19 to 22 September, from 20:00 BST on the Fridays to 6:00 on the Mondays.

Delays are expected on several roads.

Passengers going to East Midlands Airport will be sent on an 11-mile detour.

'Allow extra time'

Highways Agency project manager Rob Edwards said: "We have timed it so the majority of the work takes place in the summer holidays when traffic flows are lighter, and the bulk of the closures take place overnight when traffic is lighter still.

"We advise road users to allow extra time for their journeys during this work, particularly if they have a flight to catch."

Work to the bridge is part of a scheme to improve capacity and traffic flow around junction 24.

Work to the junction, where the A453 joins the M1, and to turn the A453 into a dual carriageway, is being done at the same time.

It should be completed by May 2015.

Diversions will be in place during the bridge closures but drivers are advised to allow at least 15 extra minutes for their journeys.

The closures will affect M1 southbound, A453 southbound and A6 northbound traffic heading to East Midlands Airport, as well as A453 and A6 traffic heading to the A50 westbound.

The times of the overnight closures will vary depending on traffic flows, with the earliest being from 20:00 BST. The latest reopening will be at 6:00 BST.

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