M1 interchange public inquiry is set to begin
A public inquiry to consider objections to the proposed improvements to the M1
Junction 19 at Catthorpe is due to start on Tuesday.
The inquiry into significant proposals to improve the interchange near Lutterworth opens at 10am.
The interchange links up the M1, M6 and A14 and is used by more than 140,000 vehicles a day.
The Highways Agency says its proposed scheme would improve journey time reliability and safety by reducing congestion and road traffic collisions.
The inquiry is the next step in the statutory process and provides a chance for all points of view to be heard and considered before recommendations are put to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said the agency.
It will be held at the Holiday Inn near the Daventry Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) at Crick, and will be chaired by the independent inspector, Diane Lewis. Representatives from the Highways Agency will be present to explain their proposals.
There will be opportunities for people affected by the proposals to speak.
Any alternatives proposed by objectors will also be considered by the inspector.
The long-awaited improvement work was put on hold in 2010 by the Government due to spending reviews.
It was thought the work would be postponed until at least 2015, but at the end of 2011 it was announced the work would be brought forward.
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