A scheme to replace the bridge carrying the southbound M6 over the M1. This whole junction is due to be remodelled to solve its endemic congestion problems, but has been further delayed by a government spending review. As a result it was decided that replacement of this bridge could not be put off any longer and will go ahead anyway. The existing bridge has been supported by temporary props in the southbound carriageway of the M1 for some years now.
The new bridge will be designed to carry two lanes plus hard shoulder, and will be built immediately to the south of the existing bridge. It will be built to the correct specification to become part of the new junction layout if and when the wider scheme is approved.
This scheme was completed in and we're no longer accepting updates or changes to this page.
Funding for this scheme has now been approved.
Work started on 12 July 2010 and is expected to last for 21 months. A temporary 50mph speed limit is in place.
The old viaduct has now been removed.
With thanks to Clive for information on this page.