East Midlands Airport (Image: Geograph.org.uk)

Passengers flying from East Midlands Airport have been urged to allow extra time for travel  this coming weekend.

East Midlands Airport has made the warning to passengers due to the closure of part of the M1 in both directions between Junction 23A and Junction 24 that weekend.

Works are being carried out to build the Kegworth Bypass Bridge as part of infrastructure improvements for the SEGRO Logistics Park East Midlands Gateway development.

The motorway will close to southbound traffic from 10pm on Friday, May 11, and from midnight on the same day to northbound traffic. It reopens on Sunday, May 13, at 3pm.

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

Where the works are being carried out on the M1

A signposted diversion route will be in place along the A453 for the entire length of the closure.

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.”

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