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Improvements to A512 and motorway junction to start next week

The scheme aims to improve journey times and road safety along the A512 and M1 junction 23 in Loughborough

Road workers reading a map

A Leicestershire County Council scheme to improve journey times and road safety along the A512 and M1 junction 23 in Loughborough, is due to start next week. 

From Monday (5 August) night closures will be in place from 8pm to 6am for four nights on the A512 Ashby Road East from the junction with Ingleberry Road to Junction 23 of the M1.

The closures are required to allow for the installation of barriers and cones to narrow existing lanes and create a safe working environment for operatives without disruption to traffic.

Diversions will be in place for the duration of the closures and access in and out of the lorry park will only be available to and from the west and only under the escort of a traffic safety control officer.

There will also be no direct access available between the lorry park and the motorway and vice versa during the road closures, and so vehicles must follow the signposted diversion routes.

Due to take eighteen months to complete, the second stage of the £25 million project will include improvements to M1 junction 23 to support future development and traffic growth. It will also involve turning a stretch of the A512 between Junction 23 and Snells Nook Lane, Loughborough, from a single to dual carriageway and the construction of a new roundabout for two large housing and employment sites. The work will be carried out by Morgan Sindall.

The first phase was completed in June and involved the removal of trees and vegetation from junction 23 of the M1 and the A512, Ashby Road East. 

"We’re pleased that work on the second phase of this project  which will help to improve the flow of traffic and provide quicker and more reliable journeys for drivers can now begin.

"Once complete we believe it will really help to improve overall journey times and road safety in the area by reducing traffic on the A512, and some residential roads. It will also support commercial and residential development in Loughborough by increasing employment and providing new, more accessible development. 

"We will work hard to reduce the disruption to people using these busy routes while we are carrying out the scheme, and apologise for any inconvenience caused." 

Blake Pain, County Council cabinet member for environment and transport

The scheme is being funded by developers, with an additional £5 million from Highways England and £12 million from the Leicester, Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP). 

If the scheme goes to programme, then it should be complete and operational by Spring 2021. For further information and updates about work taking place visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/M1J23

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