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‚Äôve 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.
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‚Äôll 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.
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.
If you have any questions about this work, please contact our Public Liaison Officer, Paul Valentine, as follows:
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 0333 0124596
Alternatively, you can contact our Highways England Customer Contact Centre as follows:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 0300 123 5000
|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|
|February 2020||Public information event|
|February 2020||Start of works|
|Winter 2021/2022||Completion 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.
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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