M1 motorway to be closed overnight

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Motorists face delays as work to upgrade the M1 near Wakefield to a ‘smart motorway’ continues.

The £120m Highways England project aims to reduce congestion and increase capacity between junction 39 at Durkar and junction 42 at Lofthouse.

As part of the scheme the motorway will be closed in both directions between junction 39 at Durkar and junction 40 at Ossett on Monday, September 21.

The northbound carriageway will also be closed at junction 39 on Tuesday, September 22, Wednesday, September 23, Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25.

The closures will be in place each night from 8pm until 6am.

There will also be a number of slip road closures which include:

- Sunday, September 20 - junction 41 northbound entry slip road closed.

- Monday, September 21 - junction 41 southbound entry slip road closed.

- Tuesday, September 22 - junction 41 southbound entry slip road closed.

- Wednesday, September 23 - junction 42 southbound entry slip road closed.

- Wednesday, September 23 - junction 41 northbound exit slip road closed.

- Thursday, September 24 - junction 42 southbound entry slip road closed.

- Saturday, September 26 - junction 42 southbound entry slip road closed - (6am until 8pm)

-Saturday, September 26 - junction 40 northbound entry slip road closed.

All slip road closures will be in place from 8pm until 6am unless stated.