A45/A6 Chowns Mill Roundabout Improvement

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

Region:  East Midlands
Start date:  Main works: February 2020
Cost:  £24 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  Winter 2021/2022
Programme:  

Progress Report

As traffic volumes are lower, we’ve closed some lanes around the A45 / A6 Chowns Mill junction. We’ve kept one lane open and will continue to review this arrangement. This single lane running will continue until 16 May.

We understand that our overnight work is causing inconvenience and disruption for which we apologise and thank you for your patience while we carry out this vital work.

We’ve made good progress creating new road space around the roundabout and within the central reservation areas of the approaches to the roundabout. This will allow us to use the additional road space we need to put a temporary traffic management barrier (Monoblock) in place. Once in place, it will mean we can carry out the majority of our construction work safely during the day for a long period of time throughout the project.

We’ll still need to carry out some work overnight but we’ll carry out the noisiest and heaviest construction work during the day.

We have made good progress and despite several challenges, including COVID-19, we currently remain on schedule.

What's next?

Safety is our top priority and we’ve decided to remove the Oak tree on Station Road (A5028) Higham Ferrers, known locally as locally as Three Oaks. We’ll start work early next week. We only fell trees when it is necessary to keep people safe or to allow us to improve journeys.

We’ve listened to local people, including the local campaign group, and understand their feelings about the history of the Three Oaks tree. Therefore, we carried out investigation and design work to determine if the tree could be retained safely. We also explored the possibility of changing the road design layout to protect the tree.

Unfortunately, the findings conclude that the proximity of the improvement work will leave the tree unstable, due to the size and spread of its roots, and in danger of falling, risking public safety.

Please be assured that we take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, Highways England is one of the largest tree planting organisations in the UK. As part of our bio off-setting plan for this scheme, we’re looking to plant up to 1,500 trees and create wildflower meadow areas.

We’ll be discussing with the council how the felled tree can still be enjoyed by the community. We will ensure that the wood is put to a good use, such as using it to carve park furniture or equipment or something similar.

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

How will the work affect traffic?

So we can keep the roundabout open to traffic and maintain a safe environment for our workforce and road users, we will install narrow lanes and a 40mph speed restriction on the roundabout and its approaches. We will also close arms of the Chowns Mill roundabout, in phases, when we need to work on these sections of the carriageway.

Station Road into Higham Ferrers (A5028) will be closed for approximately 9 months while we work. This is because we need to significantly lower the level of the road and realign it with the roundabout. This means there will be no access to the Chowns Mill roundabout past Nightingale Way. Bus stops will be relocated during our roadworks and we advise Station Road residents to use the A6 (South) Kimbolton Road roundabout to access their properties.

During our road closures fully signed diversion routes, which have been agreed with the Local Authority, will be in place. All closures will be advertised in advance through road signage, media outlets and this Highways England project webpage.

We recommend motorists allow extra time for their journeys, especially at peak times.

Contact us

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

Alternatively, you can contact our Highways England Customer Contact Centre as follows:

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
February 2020Public information event
February 2020Start of works
Winter 2021/2022Completion of works

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 A14 westbound between junctions J10 Burton Latimer and J9 Kettering South. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 24, 2020, 7:00 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J9 Kettering South and J10 Burton Latimer. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 24, 2020, 7:00 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound between the A509 North and the junction with the A5001 West. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadside Drains Works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 25 May 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 24, 2020, 7:00 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound entry slip at junction J10 Burton Latimer. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 1:30 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J10 Burton Latimer and J11 Cranford. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 1:30 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound exit slip at junction J11 Cranford. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 May 2020 to 30 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 1:30 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound entry slip at junction J16 Catworth. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 28 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J10 Burton Latimer and J9 Kettering South. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 May 2020 to 09:00 on 31 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 May 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 6 June 2020 to 09:00 on 7 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound exit slip at junction J16 Catworth. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:30 and 06:00 from 26 May 2020 to 28 May 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J9 Kettering South and J10 Burton Latimer. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 May 2020 to 09:00 on 31 May 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 31 May 2020 to 6 June 2020. Schedule : From 20:00 on 6 June 2020 to 09:00 on 7 June 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 12:32 pm

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