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:  ÂŁ24 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  Winter 2021/2022
Programme:  

Progress Report

We’ve closed Station Road (A5028) into Higham Ferrers for nine months. This is so we can lower Station Road to join the new junction design road layout and construct the outer circulatory.

While Station Road (A5028) is closed, we have relocated the bus stops opposite Hecham Way. We’ve also put a shuttle bus service in place to help pedestrians and cyclists cross the junction safely.

To keep the roundabout open to traffic and maintain a safe environment for our workforce and road users, we have also installed a 40mph speed limit throughout the work area.

What's next?

We will continue to work at night for the next two months to remove the A45 / A6 dual carriageway splitter islands and reduce the size of the central island. This work is necessary to create additional temporary space, which will then allow us to install narrow lanes and allow us to work safely during the day and for several months.

There are no more planned full weekend road closures for the foreseeable future. We will need to close some of the roads approaching the Chowns Mill roundabout. We will do this in phases as we progress and these road closures will take place overnight.

During any road closures, we’ll put signed diversion routes in place. We recommend motorists allow extra time for their journeys, especially at peak times.

For details about closures, check the roadworks section.

To receive text alerts about future A45 Chowns Mill road closures, please text A45CM to 07537 439499. Messages will be charged at your standard network text message rate.

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 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 30 March 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 8:03 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 30 March 2020 to 1 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 April 2020 to 11 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:57 am
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 30 March 2020 to 3 April 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 6 April 2020 to 11 April 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:54 am
Location : The A45 eastbound between the A509 South and the junction with the A6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:28 on 23 March 2020 to 06:00 on 11 April 2020.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 6:08 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 March 2020 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 5:31 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 30 March 2020 to 06:00 on 31 March 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 5:31 pm
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A14 and the A6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:28 on 23 March 2020 to 06:00 on 11 April 2020.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 11:00 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: March 24, 2020, 11:00 am

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