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

Despite several Covid-19 challenges, we’ve now completed the first phase of the work.

We’ve put narrow lanes in place on the A45 dual carriageway to keep two lanes of traffic moving. Narrow lanes have been established on the A45 dual carriageway to keep two lanes of traffic moving.

The narrow lanes also create the space for us to safely carry out more major construction works during the day and reduce the number of road closures needed, minimising disruption to road users and residents. We may still need to carry out some occasional overnight work and will notify you of this in advance.

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What's next?

During the next phase of work, we'll carry out most of the work during the day. We will keep two lanes open.

We will be looking to complete the road formation works on the south side of the roundabout (A5028 Station Road) including the first stages of the surfacing in this location. This will help improve access to continue with drainage and earthworks.

We will also begin to install new street lighting and traffic signal infrastructure.

Old Station Road (A6)

We’ve received several complaints from customers about people bypassing queues on the A6 Bridge (Southbound) and using Old Station Road as a short cut to join the queue nearer to Chowns Mill. The residents and businesses along Old Station Road have reported incidents of speeding and inconsiderate driving.

We’ve worked with our colleagues in Northamptonshire County Council to ensure that Old Station Road will no longer be available as a through route. We’ll put concrete barriers mid-way on the Old Station Road bridge, which will still allow cycle and pedestrian access. Access to the businesses at the lower end of Old Station Road will be off roundabout, past Irthlingborough. Access to the scrap yard, will be from the slip road opposite the Old Mill Interiors.

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

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

Date Event
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.

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

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

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Location : The A45 westbound between the A509 North and the junction with the A5076 Northampton East. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 7 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 8:30 pm
Location : The A45 westbound between the A5001 West and the junction with the A509 North. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 7 July 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 8:30 pm
Location : The A45 westbound between the A509 South and the junction with the A509 North. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 7 July 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 8:30 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound between the A509 South and the junction with the A5001 West. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 7 July 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 7:05 pm
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A14 and the A6 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 7 July 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 7:05 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound between the A509 North and the junction with the A5001 West. Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Horticultural works. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 7 July 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 7:02 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound between the A509 South and the junction with the A5001 West. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 6 July 2020 to 06:00 on 25 July 2020.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 7:00 pm
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A14 and the A6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:00 on 6 July 2020 to 06:00 on 25 July 2020.
Posted: July 6, 2020, 7:00 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound between the junctions with the A6 and the A14 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 11 July 2020 to 10:30 on 11 July 2020.
Posted: July 4, 2020, 5:12 am
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A14 and the A6 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 11 July 2020 to 10:30 on 11 July 2020.
Posted: July 4, 2020, 5:12 am
Location : The A45 eastbound between the junctions with the A6 and the A14 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 July 2020 to 06:00 on 11 July 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 10:03 pm
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A14 and the A6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 10 July 2020 to 06:00 on 11 July 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 10:03 pm

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