A45/A6 Chowns Mill Roundabout Improvement

We plan to improve the roundabout to address the existing congestion and safety issues while also providing future capacity to support planned growth in the local area.

Start date Main works: February 2020
End date Winter 2021/2022
Cost £24 million

Latest updates

  • 25 September 2020

    Station Road (A5028) Higham Ferrers

    We’re making good progress and have completed the first phase of work. We remain on track to complete the scheme in late 2021, early 2022.

    We were planning to partially open Station Road (A5028) Higham Ferrers to road users in November 2020. However, we’ve decided to postpone the re-opening of Station Road till February 2021. This is due to the shortage and supply of materials during Covid-19 and  the impact of other utility work beyond our control.

    Image showing an aerial view of Chowns Mill junction

    Safety is our  top priority and we’ve decided that it will be safer to open the road completely rather than open part of it. We would like to apologise for the delay in the re-opening of Station Road. Thank you for your ongoing patience while we carry out this important work.

    Please be assured that we’ll be working quickly to open Station Road as soon as possible. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be working longer days near Station Road (A5028).

    You’ll  notice some visual changes taking place around the junction as we start work to create the outline of the new running lanes and kerbs around the junction, particularly on Station Road (A5028, Higham Ferrers) and at Chowns Mill Business Park. These give an outline of how the new junction will look and feel and how the improvements will make the junction safer, especially for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • 17 July 2020

    Old Station Road (A6)

    We’ve received several complaints from customers about people bypassing queues on the A6 Bridge (Southbound) and using Old Station Road as a short cut to join the queue nearer to Chowns Mill. The residents and businesses along Old Station Road have reported incidents of speeding and inconsiderate driving.

    We’ve worked with our colleagues in Northamptonshire County Council to ensure that Old Station Road will no longer be available as a through route. We’ll put concrete barriers mid-way on the Old Station Road bridge, which will still allow cycle and pedestrian access. Access to the businesses at the lower end of Old Station Road will be off roundabout, past Irthlingborough. Access to the scrap yard, will be from the slip road opposite the Old Mill Interiors.

    To make sure we can keep our roads in the East Midlands in tip-top condition, we’re running an online trial until October this year. If you spot something wrong with our roads, please let us know. This could be anything from a broken sign or barrier, to litter, overgrown vegetation or potholes. To report any issues, please visit our report a problem webpage.

  • Narrow lanes in place

    Despite several Covid-19 challenges, we’ve now completed the first phase of the work.

    We’ve put narrow lanes in place on the A45 dual carriageway to keep two lanes of traffic moving. Narrow lanes have been established on the A45 dual carriageway to keep two lanes of traffic moving.

    The narrow lanes also create the space for us to safely carry out more major construction works during the day and reduce the number of road closures needed, minimising disruption to road users and residents. We may still need to carry out some occasional overnight work and will notify you of this in advance.

    During the next phase of work, we'll carry out most of the work during the day. We will keep two lanes open.

    We will be looking to complete the road formation works on the south side of the roundabout (A5028 Station Road) including the first stages of the surfacing in this location. This will help improve access to continue with drainage and earthworks.

    We will also begin to install new street lighting and traffic signal infrastructure.

Project information

Overview

At Chowns Mill Roundabout, the A45 is crossed by the A6. The roundabout provides access into Higham Ferrers and Rushden. The high volume of turning movements combined with a lack of space on the roundabout, result in severe congestion on the approaches at peak times. This results in frequent collisions.

We’re improving the existing roundabout, which will include widening the A45 and A6 approaches to provide additional traffic lanes, creating an additional roundabout section on the south side of the existing roundabout, and introducing traffic signals to manage traffic safely and effectively.

The roundabout will be redesigned as a ‘half-hamburger’ layout with a new link road connecting the A6 North and A5028 with the existing roundabout. This will improve the existing junction to allow better flow of traffic, reducing congestion through the junction.

The aims of this scheme are to: 

  • alleviate existing congestion 
  • improve safety 
  • provide better pedestrian facilities at the junction while minimising effects on the local environment and community 

All approaches to the junction will be widened to provide extra lanes and increase capacity for traffic travelling through the junction. Partial signalisation of the junction will ensure better management of traffic, reducing turning conflicts, improving safety, and increasing capacity  

New signalled crossings will be built to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the junction. All crossing points will be designed for users with disabilities. 

If you have any questions about this work, please contact our Public Liaison Officer, Paul Valentine, as follows:

To make sure we can keep our roads in the East Mids in tip-top condition, we’re running an online trial until October this year. If you spot something wrong with our roads, please let us know. This could be anything from a broken sign or barrier, to litter, overgrown vegetation or potholes. To report any issues, please visit our report a problem webpage.

Documents

Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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