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If you’re off to the airport, plan ahead to avoid roadworks delays

Luton Airport is proposing changes to its runway 26 flight path

Luton Airport is proposing changes to its runway 26 flight path

If you’re heading up the M1 to Luton Airport or other points north, be ready for roadworks from next week.

Development work at Junction 10a means drivers will need to allow extra time for journeys over the next 18 months, and plan for a series of overnight road closures next week.

The closures kick in from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8pm to 4pm each night.

Traffic will not be able to leave the M1 at Junction 10 and anyone aiming for the airport will have to go the long way round, via Junction 11 and through Luton. Diversions will be signposted.

Motorists are advised to follow the signed diversion routes and allow extra time for their journeys.

There will also be a 30mph speed limit, narrow lanes and contraflows in force from Tuesday for the duration of the 70-week programme.

The £30 million scheme aims to will tackle queues and congestion at the junction by removing the existing roundabout and widening the M1 spur and New Airport Way to three lanes in each direction between Junction 10 and Capability Green.

Colin Chick, Luton Borough Council’s corporate director of environment and regeneration, said: “We are doing everything possible to keep disruption to an absolute minimum but nonetheless are advising everyone travelling through this area to allow extra time for their journeys over the next 18 months, and particularly during the necessary overnight closures.

“Our priority is to keep two lanes open in each direction whenever possible at peak times but a scheme of this size cannot be delivered without some inconvenience.

“Continuing traffic restrictions will be necessary throughout the programme and we will be working hard to make as many people as possible aware in good time.

“We are confident the benefits will be keenly felt when the scheme is completed next year and apologise for any delays in the meantime.”

Click here to see the recommended diversion routes

Click here to see the recommended diversion routes

Click here to find out more about the project

 

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