Star.pngStar.pngStar.pngStar grey.pngStar grey.png

Kegworth Interchange

From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Kegworth Interchange
Junction 24 of the M1 Motorway - Geograph - 595193.jpg
Ariel view of the interchange
Cameraicon.png View gallery (9)
north of Kegworth, Leicestershire and East Midlands Airport
Highway Authority
National Highways
Junction Type
Roundabout Interchange
Roads Joined
M1, A50, A453
Junctions related to the A453

Kegworth Interchange, the M1's junction 24, is often described as the focal point of the East Midlands road system and with good reason. However, this also brings the inevitable congestion, so much so that two junctions - one to the north and one to the south - have been created to try to divert traffic away from the roundabout.

The reason this junction is so important is due to the routes that it carries. The M1 runs underneath, carrying all traffic heading north or south of here. The A50 carries traffic heading west towards Derby, Stoke and Manchester, and any traffic that has avoided the M6 debacle around Birmingham. The A453 carries traffic heading for East Midlands Airport and into Nottingham as well as meeting the A6 that carries traffic heading down towards Leicester.

Since the junction was created, more lanes have been added and better signage created because of the amount of roads exiting the roundabout. Expect queues on all approaches, particularly at peak times.


The junction location prior to construction, shown in 1956
The junction in its original state shown on the relevant 1966 OS One Inch sheet
The third arm had been added by the time of this 1971 sheet

There has been a roundabout at the site of the Kegworth Interchange since the M1 in the area opened, however the early roundabout was a far better choice of junction than the present issues with the roundabout make it appear. When the M1 opened (first to the south in 1965, extended north the following year) there were only two exits from the roundabout, both of these being the A6. The A453 towards Nottingham (then numbered A648) exit was the first additional exit to be added and was in place by 1967. The roundabout was always designed with the A648 to Nottingham in mind, as well as the unbuilt M17 Castle Donnington Bypass, which would have joined the roundabout at the point where the A453 was added later.

The final arm of the roundabout to be added was the A453 (then numbered A5129) towards East Midlands Airport and, later the A42. This was opened as a single carriageway road in early September 1975, with the A648 and A5129 being renumbered as part of a diverted A453 in 1978.

The junction by this stage had reached its original intentions but later developments were to place a burden on the roundabout. The A42 was built in 1992 which joins the M1 just to the south of the junction. A few years later a southern bypass of Derby, (the current A50,) was planned and this would add more traffic to an already busy junction. In 1994 a complete replacement of the junction along with a new Junction 24A was proposed. This would provide freeflow movements between the M1-A42-A50-A453(N). The A50 was opened in 1997 and part of J24A was built shortly after, but the rest of the improvements were scrapped.

In 2007 another large scale improvement scheme was planned. This time only the A50 would get the freeflow movements. Junction 24 would remain as it is apart from the closure of the south facing slips. However in 2009 this scheme was also scrapped owing to the cost.

In 2014 a much smaller scheme was started which allows traffic from the A50 to reach the A453(S) by avoiding most of the roundabout. This was completed in February 2015. Traffic for the M1 South is also directed along here.

In summer 2015 the dualling of the A453 to Nottingham was completed but no further improvements to the junction were made. It remains the only unsignalised entry onto the roundabout.

In 2016 legislation was passed for larger scale improvements to the interchange resulting from permission being sought for construction of the East Midlands Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

In July 2018, the A50 -> A453(S) cut through (and the southbound A50 carriageway from Warren Lane to the Kegworth Interchange was closed, as the work at Warren Lane Junction to remove the roundabout and provide free-flow links for A50 e/b traffic was opened. In November 2018, the A6 was diverted to the south to bypass the village of Kegworth and meets the A453 at the East Midlands Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange entrance.

Plans of the abandoned large scale schemes


[1] various dates & scales


Route To Notes


The NORTH, Nottingham (North)


London, Leicester


Stoke, Derby, Lockington, C. Donington, Alton Towers


Nottingham (South), Ratcliffe-on-Soar, East Midlands Parkway Station


(A6), East Midlands Airport, Tamworth, Birmingham, Diseworth, Breedon on the Hill, Ashby de la Zouch, Donington


Kegworth (A6)


Stoke, Derby, Lockington, C. Donington, Alton Towers now A50


Nottingham (South), Ratcliffe-on-Soar now A453


Derby, Lockington, C. Donington now A50


Loughborough, Kegworth


East Midlands Airport, Diseworth, Breedon on the Hill now A453


Castle Donnington, Ashby, Tamworth (A453)


Kegworth Interchange
Related Pictures
View gallery (9)
Junction 24 of the M1 Motorway - Geograph - 595193.jpgMasterplan-zoom.jpgM1 J23a to J24a upgrade - Coppermine - 10920.jpgM1 Kegworth 2007 proposals.pngA564 Derby Southern Bypass preferred route plan July 1980.jpg
Other nearby junctions
East Midlands Airport
Junctions on the M1
Marble Arch • Hampstead • 1 Staples Corner • 2 Fiveways • Scratchwood • 4 Brockley • Bushey • 5 Berrygrove • 6 Waterdale • 6A Chiswell • 7 Beechtrees • 8 Breakspears • 9 Friars Wash • 10 Pepperstock; (10A Kidney Wood) • 11 Junction 11 • 11A Chalton • 12 Toddington • 13 Ridgemont • 14 Broughton • 15 Collingtree • 15A Rothersthorpe • 16 Kislingbury • 17 Kilsby • 18 Crick • 19 Catthorpe • 20 Misterton • 21 Whetstone • 21A Kirby Muxloe • 22 Markfield • 23 Shepshed • Long Whatton • 23A Finger Farm • 24 Kegworth • 24A Warren Lane • 25 Sandiacre • M42 • 26 Nuthall • 27 Junction 27 • 28 Pinxton • 29 Heath • 29A Duckmanton • 30 Barlborough • 31 Aston • 32 Thurcroft • 33 Catcliffe • 34 Tinsley • 35 Thorpe Hesley • 35A Tankersley • 36 Birdwell • 37 Dodworth • 38 Haigh • 39 Durkar • 40 Flushdyke • Kirkhamgate • 41 Carrgate • 42 Lofthouse • 43 Belle Isle • 44 Rothwell Haigh • 45 East Leeds Link • 46 Austhorpe • 47 Parlington • 48 Hook Moor
Former Leeds city section: 43 Stourton • 44 Belle Isle • 45 Tunstall • 46 Hunslet • 47 Holbeck
Junctions on the A50 & related routes
A50: Hockliffe
- Foston
Hockliffe Crossroads • Broughton • Queen Eleanor • Highcross Street • Groby Road Roundabout • The Brantings  • Markfield • M42 Junction 12 • Clock Garage Roundabout •
Kegworth • Warren Lane • 1 Sawley • 2 Aston • 3 Bonnie Prince Roundabout • 3A Junction 3A • 4 Toyota Island • 5 Junction 5 • 6 Foston • Sudbury Roundabout • Ashbourne • Doveridge • Derby Road Roundabout • McDonalds Roundabout • Western GSJ • Tean Roundabout • Grindley • Catchems Corner • Meir • Alhambra • Trentham Road • Foley Road • Heron Cross • Trentham Lakes • Sideway
Heron Cross • Victoria Roundabout • Botteslow Roundabout • Waterloo Roundabout • Joiners Square • Red Bull Crossroads • Arclid Crossroads • Station Road Crossroads • Mere Crossroads • Mere • Lymm • Grappenhall Crossroads • Bruche Crossroads • Hilden Island • Longford Roundabout
A500Hanchurch • Hanford • Sideway • Whieldon Road • City Road • Stoke Road • Shelton New Road • Etruria • Wolstanton • Porthill • Tunstall • Talke • Alsager Road • Barthomley • Meremoor Moss Roundabout • Weston Gate Roundabout • Cheerbrook Roundabout
Unbuilt M64Long Whatton • 1 Junction 1 • 2 Junction 2 • M42 Junction 14 • 3 Bonnie Prince Roundabout • 4 Toyota Island • 5 Junction 5 • 6 Junction 6 • 7 Junction 7 • 8 Junction 8 • M6 Junction 14A

SABRE - The Society for All British and Irish Road Enthusiasts
Discuss - Digest - Discover - Help