M1 Motorway will be closed to all traffic during May weekend.

A short yet vital section of the M1 motorway will be closed for a whole weekend in May to allow major works to be completed.

The stretch of carriageway between Junction 23A and Junction 24 will be closed in both directions over the weekend of Friday May 11 through to Sunday May 13.

Works are scheduled to begin at 10pm on Friday, with the motorway reopening to traffic at 3pm on Sunday.

Two major works will be completed over the weekend, the first being the placement of the Kegworth bypass bridge and, secondly, the waterproofing of a motorway bridge to the south of Junction 23A.

The Kegworth bypass bridge will form a key infrastructure link to the new SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway, the massive new business park which will also include a freight rail terminal.

Traffic diversions will be in place, utilising the A453 and other surrounding roads.

A spokesperson for SEGRO, the developers of East Midlands Gateway, said: “As the M1 is one of the UK’s busiest motorways, we expect significant congestion and delays along this diversion route and the Motorway therefore we advise drivers avoid this area if possible and allow for extra time for their journey – in particular if travelling to East Midlands Airport.”