Airport passengers warned of M1 closure in May,

East Midlands Airport warns of M1 closure in May


East Midlands Airport passengers will need to allow extra time for travelling to and from the airport during the weekend of Friday 11 to Sunday 13 May.

The M1 will be closed in both directions between Junction 23A and Junction 24 during that weekend to allow for a new bridge to be installed. The motorway will close to southbound traffic from 10pm on Friday 11 May and from midnight on the same day to northbound traffic. It reopens on Sunday 13 May at 15:00.

Northbound traffic will be rerouted off the M1 at Junction 23A along the A453/A50 re-joining the M1 at junction 24. Southbound traffic will follow this route in reverse.

The diversion will inevitably slow traffic down and it is likely to cause congestion. Therefore, passengers driving to the airport for flights on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13th May are advised to allow more time than usual.

Phill Morris, East Midlands Airport's Director of Operations, said: “We are working with our airline partners, local authorities and other key stakeholders to ensure that anyone who is visiting the airport is aware of the likely disruption. We will have extra staff on duty to assist and manage this situation to ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced.”

The Kegworth Bypass Bridge forms part of the wider major infrastructure improvements linked to SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway (SLPEMG) development.