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:  Â£24 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  Winter 2021/2022
Programme:  

Progress Report

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, we’re holding some public information events. If you’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.

What's next?

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 ‘outer’ 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.

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 westbound between the A509 North and the junction with the A5076 Northampton East. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 19 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2020, 6:14 am
Location : The A45 westbound at the junction with the A509 North. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 19 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 15, 2020, 6:14 am
Location : The A45 eastbound between the A43 and the junction with the A509 North. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 17 February 2020 to 19 February 2020. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 February 2020 to 06:00 on 23 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2020, 6:14 am
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J11 Cranford and J12 Islip. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 17 February 2020 to 19 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 February 2020 to 21 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2020, 6:06 am
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A6 and 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 17 February 2020 to 21 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 28 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2020, 6:06 am
Location : The A45 eastbound between the junctions with the A5001 West and the A6 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 17 February 2020 to 19 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 February 2020 to 21 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2020, 6:06 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 17 February 2020 to 21 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 24 February 2020 to 28 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2020, 6:06 am
Location : The A45 eastbound between the junctions with the A5001 East and the A5001 West. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 17 February 2020 to 19 February 2020. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 February 2020 to 21 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 15, 2020, 6:06 am
Location : The A45 eastbound between the A509 South and the junction with the A6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:08 on 14 February 2020 to 06:00 on 28 February 2020.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 8:09 pm
Location : The A45 westbound between the junctions with the A14 and the A6 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:08 on 14 February 2020 to 06:00 on 28 February 2020.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 8:09 pm
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: February 14, 2020, 5:51 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J8 Kettering Central and J7 Kettering North. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 February 2020 to 06:00 on 20 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:17 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 February 2020 to 06:00 on 18 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:17 pm
Location : The A14 westbound exit slip at junction J6 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 February 2020 to 06:00 on 20 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:17 pm
Location : The A45 westbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 February 2020 to 06:00 on 18 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:17 pm
Location : The A45 westbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 February 2020 to 06:00 on 18 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:17 pm
Location : The A45 westbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 February 2020 to 06:00 on 18 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:17 pm
Location : The A14 westbound entry slip at junction J6 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 February 2020 to 06:00 on 20 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:17 pm
Location : The A45 eastbound between the A43 and the junction with the A509 North. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadside drains works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 February 2020 to 06:00 on 21 February 2020. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:17 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J7 Kettering North and J3 Rothwell. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 19 February 2020 to 06:00 on 20 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:17 pm
Location : The A45 westbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 February 2020 to 06:00 on 18 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:17 pm
Location : The A45 westbound. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 February 2020 to 06:00 on 18 February 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 5:17 pm

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