A45/A6 Chowns Mill Roundabout Improvement

Improvement to the roundabout where the A45 and A6 intersect at Higham Ferrers.

Region:  East Midlands
Start date:  2019/20
Cost:  Â£21 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress Report

For information about the advance works at the Chowns Mill Roundabout please see the ‘Community news’ 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.

image of how the scheme will eventually look like
Image of how the scheme will look on completion.

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.

What's next?

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.

Contacting the Project team via email: infoa45chownsmill@highwaysengland.co.uk

Timeline

DateEvent
March to June 2015Site surveys for detailed design
Late 2017Preliminary design
April 2018 Public Information Exhibitions
Summer 2019Detailed design
Late 2019Award of the construction contract
December 2019Start of works
June 2021Completion of works

Community news

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 Rail’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.

Contact us

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

Network Rail’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.

Aims

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

Project media files and documents

Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A5001 West and the A509 South. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Bridge repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 2 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 6:46 pm
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A5001 West and the A509 South. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:30 on 22 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 6:36 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound between the A509 South and the junction with the A5001 West. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Bridge repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 2 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 6:36 pm
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A5001 West and the A5001 East. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Bridge repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 2 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 5:34 pm
Location : The A14 westbound exit slip at junction J12 Cranford. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 February 2019 to 05:00 on 25 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 12:06 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J13 Thrapston and J12 Islip. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 February 2019 to 05:00 on 25 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 12:06 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J12 Islip and J9 Kettering South. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 February 2019 to 05:00 on 25 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 12:06 pm
Location : The A14 westbound exit slip at junction J11 Cranford. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 February 2019 to 05:00 on 25 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 12:06 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J16 Catworth and J13 Thrapston. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 February 2019 to 05:00 on 25 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 12:06 pm
Location : The A14 westbound exit slip at junction J10 Burton Latimer. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 February 2019 to 05:00 on 25 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 12:06 pm
Location : The A14 westbound entry slip at junction J11 Cranford. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 February 2019 to 05:00 on 25 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 12:06 pm
Location : The A14 westbound entry slip at junction J13 Thrapston. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 February 2019 to 05:00 on 25 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 12:06 pm
Location : The A45 westbound exit slip to the A5076 Northampton East. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 21 February 2019 to 16:30 on 25 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The A14 eastbound entry slip at junction J10 Burton Latimer. Reason : Emergency roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 February 2019 to 05:00 on 24 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am

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