Between November 2019 and 10 February 2020, we will carry out essential enabling works on and around the Chowns Mill roundabout in Northamptonshire. It is important this work takes place ahead of our main junction improvements scheme, which will start on 10 February 2020.
The enabling works include ground vegetation clearance which will allow electric mains power cables to be diverted. We are working collaboratively with Western Power to coordinate the works and minimise disruption.
During these four months we will also build our site compound and offices, which will be located in fields directly off the Chowns Mill roundabout, on the A6 southbound (Bedford Road).
All our enabling works will take place between Monday and Saturday. During the day we will work between 7.30am and 5.30pm, and at night we will work from 8.00pm to 6.00am. We will carry out the noisiest and heaviest works during the day and where necessary before midnight during our night shifts.
We have planned our enabling works so there will be minimal disruption to traffic on the A6 southbound. For the safety of our workforce and road users, at times we will need to install lane closures on the carriageway.
Public information exhibitions
Before we start the main work, weâ€™re holding some public information events. If youâ€™d like to find out more about our proposals and speak to a member of the team, please come and visit us on the dates and times listed below.
- Wednesday 5 February 2020, 4pm to 8pm - Highways England site office, just off the Chowns Mill roundabout on the A6 south towards Rushden, NN10 8LD
- Saturday 8 February 2020, 11am to 4pm - Highways England site office, just off the Chowns Mill roundabout on the A6 south towards Rushden, NN10 8LD
Public parking will be available on site and a free shuttle bus service will run every half an hour from a temporary bus stop on Hecham Way, Higham Ferrers.
Our main work will start on 10 February 2020 and the scheme is scheduled for completion in Winter 2021/2022. During our scheme of work, we will:
- widen all approaches and exits to the roundabout
- build an â€˜outerâ€™ circulatory to separate traffic movements and improve capacity for trunk road traffic
- install new controlled pedestrian crossing points, covering all arms of the junctions
- install traffic signals
- upgrade street lighting
- install overhead gantries
- install new signing
- implement a 40mph speed limit throughout the junction
Once completed, all road users will benefit from improved road safety which will help to prevent congestion at peak times.
To deliver this scheme efficiently, we will work using a combination of week day, week night and weekend shift patterns. To minimise disruption to local road users and residents, the majority of our works will be delivered between Monday and Friday during the daytime. Once our work schedules have been finalised, we will share them with you.
Please note that all our planned roadworks may be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.
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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