Roadworks restrictions on M1 ‘crash blackspot’ in Northamptonshire will continue throughout Christmas week

Roadworks will continue over Christmas
Roadworks will continue over Christmas

Roadworks on a stretch of the M1 in Northamptonshire where there has been a number of crashes in the past few weeks will not be lifted over the Christmas period because of safety reasons, the Highways Agency has said

A spokesperson for the Highways Agency said that, due to the work involving “open excavations”, it would be unsafe to remove the current traffic management near the Catthorpe interchange, but that only slight delays are expected.

Drivers will still have to stick to a 50mph through more than 5.5 miles of ongoing works to realign the M6 to M1 links and M1 to A14 link roads, The narrow lanes and contraflow on the southbound carriageway will also stay in place.

In preparation for travel over the festive period, the Highways Agency has also flagged potential holiday routes which could get busy between December 21 and January 1. This information will go out alongside festive facts on Twitter (@winterhighways) over the Christmas period and drivers can get the latest travel information from www.highways.gov.uk/traffic, winter driving advice at www.metoffice.gov.uk/winterhighways, and winter updates at www.facebook.com/winterhighways.

Highways Agency director of customer operations, Simon Sheldon-Wilson, said: “We advise drivers to plan longer journeys before setting out, making sure you check weather and travel conditions. It’s also worth packing an emergency winter kit in your boot before making any seasonal journeys this Christmas. Make sure you’ve got de-icer, an ice-scraper, warm clothes, boots and a torch, in case your vehicle breaks down.”