Weâ€™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. Weâ€™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.
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, weâ€™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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 0333 0124596
Alternatively, you can contact our Highways England Customer Contact Centre as follows:
- Email: email@example.com
- 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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