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Preparations begin today for major M1 works

The works are going on at Junction 22 and the A511 corridor Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Motorists using the M1 in Leicestershire will see road signs from today warning them in advance of major works set to start in the New Year.

The signs will be going up near Junction 22 and the A511 corridor.

Details Of Major Works

Permanent traffic signals which are being installed on the busiest four of the five approaches to the roundabout next year.

A 50mph speed limit will be introduced in the run-up to the lights.

The carriageway will also be widened in places to increase the number of approach lanes from two to three on the major routes.

The existing footpath will be widened and uncontrolled pedestrian crossing points added.

Other improvements include:

  • The existing footpath will be widened and uncontrolled pedestrian crossing points added.
  • Resurfacing on the A511 between Junction 22 and the Flying Horse roundabout
  • Alterations to the gap in the central reservation at the junction with the cul-de-sac part of Little Shaw Lane

"This is a major investment in improving an already busy junction. The improvements being made over the next six months should greatly ease congestion around the Markfield area, helping road users to avoid delays now and in the future, as Leicestershire continues to grow."

– Leicestershire Environment and Transport Director, Phil Crossland

Most of the work will be carried out overnight to avoid lane closures during the day and avoid traffic delays where possible.


M1 crash van driver released from hospital

Two people died in the collision Credit: ITV News Central

The driver of a van involved in a collision on the M1 which killed two peoplehas been released from hospital.

The 27-year old passenger of the white Ford Transit van and the 87-year old driver of the blue Mazda Premacy were both pronounced dead at the scene after the van hit the car travelling in the wrong direction.

Leicestershire Police confirmed the man was released after recovering in Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.


Second victim of fatal M1 crash named

The accident on the M1 claimed two lives Credit: ITV News Central

The driver of a car who died in a collision on the M1 on Monday has been named.

87-year-old Albert Kenneth Newman from Nottingham died when the blue Mazda Premacy he was travelling in was involved in a collision near Junction 24 of the southbound carriageway.

The incident happened at around 2am on Monday and also involved a white Ford Transit van.

27-year-old Michael Joesph William Luciw, who was a passenger in the van, also died in the collision.

The driver of the van was taken to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where he remains in a stable condition.

M1 car crash victim was 'lively, likeable character'

Staff at the school attended by one of the victims of Monday's fatal crash on the M1 have paid tribute to him.

27-year-old Michael Luciw attended the Trinity Catholic school in Nottingham from September 2000.

"He was a lively, likeable character with a very personable nature and many friends. He got on well with his teachers. He was always a family orientated young man who was keen to support his Mum and Dad and took a keen interest in his younger siblings who also came to Trinity. He was always loyal, had a good steady work ethic and he left here to go into employment."

"A number of staff here still remember him and a number of ex staff have also contacted the school today, because they remember the family fondly and wanted to express their sadness. We are all shocked and upset to hear this very sad news and would pass on our condolences to the family."

– John Dexter, Acting Headteacher

Family say M1 crash victim will be 'deeply missed'

27-year old Michael Luciw died in yesterday's crash Credit: Leicestershire Police

The family of one of the victims of yesterday's crash has described him as being a 'huge part' of their lives, adding that he will be 'deeply missed'.

27-year old Michael Luciw died following the crash on the M1 in Leicestershire in the early hours of Monday morning.

"It is with deepest sadness that Michael Luciw loving father, son, brother, uncle, grandson and nephew was sadly killed in the early hours of Monday morning on the M1 in a fatal car crash in which another person also died." "We as a family would appreciate at this time to be left alone to come to terms with his loss. He was a huge part of all our lives and will be deeply missed. Thank you."

– Michael's mother, Andrea Shelton and father Stefan Luciw
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