M1 Junction 19 Improvement Scheme
As the place where the M1, M6 and A14 meet, it was the cause of conflicts between local and longer distance traffic. It also made movements for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders very difficult. Without improvement, these problems would have become worse.
Highways England have worked hard to tackle these issues. We have constructed six new bridges, demolished two old bridges and installed new signs and signal gantries. We have also made improvements to the local road network and improved conditions for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders by constructing a new bridleway.
We worked hard to minimise impact on the surrounding area, especially on the adjacent River Avon. What’s more, we have created extensive landscaped and planted areas, ponds and more than 100 specific wildlife habitats as part of the scheme.
As well as new road infrastructure, this complex project involved a wide range of environmentally-focused works - from earthworks at bends in the river to improve flow and provide ecological refuge, through to flood compensation works to counteract raised levels at the bridge locations.
The three-level junction now provides a direct dual carriageway link between the M6 and A14, together with free-flow links between the A14 westbound and M1 northbound; M1 southbound and A14 eastbound; M6 eastbound and M1 southbound; and M1 northbound and M6 westbound.
This major upgrade to improve the flow of traffic has revolutionised the journeys made by more than 150,000 vehicles every day. As well as relieving congestion, the project has improved road safety and made journeys more reliable.