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:  PLANNED
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  Winter 2021/2022
Programme:  

Progress Report

Over the next few weeks, we'll concentrate on reducing the diameter of the existing roundabout so that we can use the new space as a traffic lane. This will allow us to work safely behind barriers on the existing outer carriageway. We’ve also put a 40mph speed limit in place through the work.

Over the next couple of weekends, we will be installing ducts across both carriageways of the A45 between Chowns Mill and Rushden Lakes. To do this safely, we'll need to close both directions of the A45 between Chowns Mill roundabout and Rushden Lakes both east and westbound. Please plan ahead and allow extra time for your journeys.

For details about closures, check the roadworks section.

What's next?

In early March, we will close Station Road (A5028) into Higham Ferrers for about nine months. This is so we can lower Station Road by one metre to join the new junction design road layout.

Work will take place at night for the first three months of the scheme to remove the A45 dual carriageway central islands. To maintain a safe environment for our workforce and road users during the work, we’ll put narrow lanes in place both day and night, which will enable traffic to continue to pass through the junction. Then work will take place during the day for the majority of the rest of the scheme.

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 A45 eastbound between the junctions with the A5001 West and the A6 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:40 on 28 February 2020 to 06:00 on 2 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 9:02 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J17 and J13 Thrapston. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 29 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 9:01 pm
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A6 and the A5001 West. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:39 on 28 February 2020 to 06:00 on 2 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 8:59 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound between the A509 South and the junction with the A5001 West. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 March 2020 to 4 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 March 2020 to 14 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 March 2020 to 21 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 March 2020 to 28 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 11:12 am
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A14 and the A6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 March 2020 to 4 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 March 2020 to 14 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 March 2020 to 21 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 March 2020 to 28 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 11:12 am
Location : The A45 eastbound between the A509 South and the junction with the A5001 West. Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 March 2020 to 06:00 on 28 March 2020.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 11:12 am
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A6 and the A5001 West. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 March 2020 to 4 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 March 2020 to 14 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 March 2020 to 21 March 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 March 2020 to 28 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 11:12 am
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A14 and the A6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 2 March 2020 to 06:00 on 28 March 2020.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 11:12 am
Location : The A14 eastbound exit slip at junction J10 Burton Latimer. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 4:20 am
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J3 Rothwell and J7 Kettering North. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 3 March 2020 to 06:00 on 4 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 4:20 am
Location : The A14 eastbound exit slip at junction J8 Kettering Central. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 3 March 2020 to 06:00 on 4 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 4:20 am
Location : The A14 eastbound entry slip at junction J8 Kettering Central. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 3 March 2020 to 06:00 on 4 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 4:20 am
Location : The A14 eastbound entry slip at junction J7 Kettering North. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 3 March 2020 to 06:00 on 4 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 28, 2020, 4:20 am

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