For information about the advance works at the Chowns Mill Roundabout please see the â€˜Community newsâ€™ section below.
Thank you to everyone who attended one of our public information exhibitions, over 260 people attended the events where images and drawings of the proposed new scheme were on display and members of the project team were on hand to answer questions.
If you were unable to attend one of the exhibitions, you can view the materials that were on display and a video of what the scheme will look like when complete in the documents tab below.
The project team will continue with the detailed design phase of the scheme. Feedback from public information events and ongoing stakeholder engagement will be considered throughout the design phase.
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|March to June 2015||Site surveys for detailed design|
|Late 2017||Preliminary design|
|April 2018||Public Information Exhibitions|
|Summer 2019||Detailed design|
|Late 2019||Award of the construction contract|
|December 2019||Start of works|
|June 2021||Completion of works|
Chowns Mill roundabout - advance works
In preparation for our main Chowns Mill roundabout improvement scheme, we will be carrying out advance work to the existing carriageway on the A45/A6.
Over the last few weeks we have been monitoring the impact of Network Railâ€™s roadworks on the A45 at Higham Road Bridge. We understand that delivering advance works at the Chowns Mill Roundabout will put added pressure on the local road network, as well as businesses and communities. We have therefore made the decision to reduce our current programme of advance works.
Work will still be carried out to the existing carriageway on the A5028 section of the A45 / A6 Chowns Mill roundabout. This will involve the installation of new ducts for utility and telecom providers, site clearance and excavation of trial pits to locate and hot tap a MOD redundant oil pipeline.
Further essential preparatory work for our main Chowns Mill roundabout improvement scheme, scheduled for early 2020, is still required and will be carried out on a future date.
When will the work take place?
Work is due to start on 4 March 2019 and the scheme is scheduled for completion by the morning of 8 March 2019. We will work overnight under a full carriageway closure between Monday and Thursday.
Please note that all our planned roadworks may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
How will the work affect traffic?
To maintain a safe environment for our workforce and customers, the A5028 will be closed to through traffic while we work. Lane closures are also necessary on the A45 / A6 and speed restrictions may be put in place on these arms of the roundabout. During these closures we will fully sign diversion routes, which have been agreed with the Local Authority.
How will the work affect residents?
Access for residents will be possible by following the diversion, where necessary. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will do our very best to complete the work as quickly as possible, keeping disturbances and noise to a minimum.
If you have any questions about this work, please contact our Public Liaison Officer Tom Wilson as follows:
- Email: infoA45ChownsMill@carnellgroup.co.uk
- Telephone: 0333 012 4596
Network Railâ€™s work at A45 Higham Road Bridge
On 4 February 2019, Network Rail started work on the A45 at Higham Road Bridge. The bridge, which carries the westbound A45 dual carriageway, needs to be reconstructed to allow safe clearance from Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) that will be installed as part of the electrification of the Midland Main Line. To deliver the work safely and minimise disruption to road users, Network Rail will install a contraflow along this section of the A45.
Highways England is liaising with Network Rail to ensure our schemes can co-exist and we minimise disruption to road users and the local community. If you have any enquiries about this work, please contact Network Rail via their website or by phone on: 03457 11 4141
Why we need this scheme
At Chowns Mill Roundabout the A45 is crossed by the A6. In addition 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 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.
You can see a plan of our proposals.
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
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